How can you find out the status of a Medicaid application?


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Applicants can check the status of their Medicaid application by visiting their state's Medicaid website, calling a local office or scheduling an in-person appointment, states HealthCare.gov. Find centralized information about the program located at HealthCare.gov, and follow hyperlinks on the site that lead to your state's Medicaid website.

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Although Medicaid is a Federal program, it is run by individual states. The program aims to provide affordable health care to low income individuals and their families. Each state establishes its own eligibility guidelines based on income, family size, disability, age and other factors, according to HealthCare.gov.

Federal regulations usually require states to make a determination of Medicaid eligibility with 45 days, according to the Washington Post. However, some states experienced a backlog of applications following the surge of enrollment that accompanied implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, and this process has lengthened the wait time, as of 2015.

Some states chose to expand Medicaid coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act. If your state expanded coverage, you can view a table that lists income guidelines for Medicaid eligibility in those states at Healthcare.gov. Alternatively, applicants can learn more detailed information about their state's Medicaid enrollment and eligibility policies at Medicaid.gov.

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