Medicaid.gov and HealthCare.gov offer Medicaid health plans for families across America. Those seeking Medicaid coverage can also apply through their state's Health and Human Services office. A representative at the office can help people over the phone or in person.
Individuals applying for coverage must provide personal information, including immigration status, annual household income and proof of residency, Medicaid.gov explains. Eligibility varies by state. Applicants should be aware of changing federal guidelines and policies and realize that Medicaid is generally only available for those under 65 years of age.
Plans vary based on eligibility factors and needs. For example, the Children's Health Insurance Program provides comprehensive health benefits to children under the age of 18 and, in some states, pregnant women, according to Medicaid.gov. States do have the flexibility to design their own CHIP program, so parents who need to enroll their children in CHIP must be able to provide the same information required for themselves during the Medicaid application process.
Those who are unsure of how to properly apply for Medicaid should seek assistance from a customer service representative through either of the websites listed above or at their local Health and Human Services office, suggests Medicaid.gov. Any questions should be addressed with a health professional before proceeding with the application process.