Eligibility and enrollment
Is Medicaid right for you?
Medicaid is open to:
- People who meet certain income requirements.
- Pregnant people.
- Older people.
- People with disabilities.
Medicaid coverage varies by state. Some states cover any person who meets certain income requirements. Other states have additional requirements.
There are reasons you may qualify for Medicaid:
- If you've recently become unemployed or are making less money than you used to.
- If you meet income and family size requirements.
- If you've recently become pregnant, are pregnant, or had a child.
- If you have a disability.
Let's find out if you're eligible
In many cases, Medicaid uses income guidelines to determine eligibility. Use this tool to check whether you're eligible. The tool will ask you for your yearly household income. If you don’t know it, enter your best guess.
You can also get an idea of your costs if you buy health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace® -- also known simply as the Marketplace. The Marketplace is an alternative to Medicaid where you can find health coverage to fit your needs and budget.
In some cases, past medical expenses are covered
You may also be eligible for up to three months of coverage for prior, unpaid medical expenses. This is called retroactive coverage.
You may be eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid
Yes, it's possible to have both Medicare and Medicaid. If you already have Medicare coverage, you may still qualify for Medicaid coverage if you meet eligibility requirements.
Food and housing are healthcare, too.
Food | Housing | Work
We all need help from time to time. Our free Community Resource Link connects you to food, jobs, housing and other local programs, if you should ever need them.
When is Medicaid enrollment?
Enrollment in Medicaid can be year-round. Visit your state's Medicaid website to learn more about applying. You can apply for Medicaid at any time. If you qualify, you will be able to start getting benefits right away.
Let's get you enrolled
Select your state to check where to apply for Medicaid or how to enroll on the Marketplace.
Enroll on the Marketplace
Go to healthcare.gov or call 800-318-2596 (TTY 855-889-4325), 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except holidays.