How Do You Apply for Medicaid Health Coverage?


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For Medicaid, apply through the Health Insurance Marketplace one of four ways: by phone, online, by mail or in-person with a trained agent, explains HealthCare.gov. The process of applying varies by state, but another common method for applying for Medicaid is contacting your local state Medicaid agency. For example, in North Carolina you can apply in person for Medicaid at your county's County Department of Social Services, states the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

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To apply online through the Marketplace, go to HealthCare.gov, click Get Coverage in the upper left-hand corner, and choose your state from the pull-down menu, states HealthCare.gov. After clicking the green Get Coverage button that appears below the pull-down menu, create a Marketplace account and fill out the application.

To apply via phone, call the Marketplace Call Center and a customer service representative assists with filling out the application over the phone, reports HealthCare.gov. To apply by mail, download and print the Marketplace application and instructions from the HealthCare.gov website, and then mail the finished application to the address given on the instructions. To find trained assistance to help you fill out the application in person, click the Find Local Help link and type in your ZIP code or city and state in the search box that appears. This may result in you being redirected to your state Marketplace website.

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