How Do You Apply for Medicaid?


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Medicaid is applied for through the federal government's health insurance marketplace website or through any of the state Medicaid agencies. The health insurance marketplace website has links to the Medicaid agency applications for all 50 states; all states are required to offer Medicaid. Completing the application takes an hour or more.

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  1. Access the health insurance marketplace website and navigate to the application page

    The application page gives you the options of applying through the health insurance marketplace website or following a link to your state's Medicaid agency's application. In order to complete the application, be prepared to provide the following information for all household members: home and mailing addresses, Social Security numbers, employment and income information such as W2 forms, an estimate of the household's next year's income, policy numbers of any current health plans, and information about any employer-provided health plans.

  2. Contact local organizations for assistance if needed

    For those who need assistance completing the application, the health insurance marketplace website has links to local organizations that offer assistance. These organizations also answer questions regarding eligibility requirements.

  3. Track your application's progress

    If you apply through the health insurance marketplace, you can contact the marketplace call center 24 hours a day, seven days a week regarding the status of your application. Those who apply through their state need to follow up directly through their state's Medicaid agency.

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