Children in New Jersey are eligible for Medicaid if the family's total income before taxes is at or less than 350 percent of the federal poverty line, according to the state's Division of Medical Assistance & Health Services. A family of four needed to make $6,723 or less per month in 2013 for children to be eligible, and adults can qualify if they meet certain income guidelines.
Parents can have Medicaid benefits if their income is 133 percent of the federal poverty level, or $2,555 monthly or less, for a family of four. Pregnant women can earn up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, according to NJ Family Care. Dependent children aged 19 and 20 can enroll in the Medicaid Special Program, according to the state. These older children are eligible if their family is less than 133 percent above the federal poverty line.
Applicants for Medicaid in New Jersey must be uninsured and citizens or legal residents of the United States. Potential applicants can go through a pre-screening process at NJHelps.org or NJFamilyCare.org. As of August 2014, applicants can also contact their county welfare agency or they can call the help line at 1-800-701-0710.
Agencies in New Jersey that accept Medicaid applicants cross-reference the family's paperwork with documentation from the Social Security Administration, Department of Labor and other federal agencies to verify information. This streamlines the process for Medicaid applicants, according to the federal program's website.