If you are in a low-income bracket or are unemployed, find out if you or your family are eligible for Medicaid, or if your children qualify for CHIP. CHIP programs vary from state to state, as does eligibility. They usually cover children up to age 19. The family must meet certain income levels.

What You Need To Know About Medicaid

  • Eligibility based on family size, assets, and income
  • Medicaid benefits can be different depending on the state in which you live
  • Medicaid is a type of health insurance, but the caseworkers may know of other helpful resources for people with low incomes
  • Check if your health care provider accepts Medicaid
  • If your income is too high to qualify for Medicaid, find out if you qualify for help buying a plan on your state marketplace
  • If you make too much for Medicaid, your child or children may still qualify for CHIP
  • If your child is disabled and has been getting Supplemental Security Income (SSI)or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), they might qualify for Medicare

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This official U.S. government website offers state-specific information about this federal program.  Information provided: Medicaid eligibility and how to apply for coverage, program benefits, drug coverage, and state resources.

State Health Care Marketplaces – US Department of Health and Human Services 
Toll-free number: 1-800-318-2596 (also in Spanish)
TTY: 1-855-889-4325

Provides information on the new insurance law, takes you through the steps of finding insurance, and much more. If you don’t have Internet access, the phone number will connect you with your state’s marketplace.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Medicaid eligibility.  Accessed at on April 12, 2019.

US Department of Health and Human Services (State Health Care Marketplaces).  Medicaid and CHIP coverage.  Accessed at on April 12, 2019.

Last Medical Review: May 13, 2019 Last Revised: May 13, 2019

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