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How to Apply for Medicaid in all 50 States

How to Apply for Medicaid in all 50 States

Medicaid is a vital service for low-income individuals in the United States. While it sometimes gets confused for Medicare, it can offer certain benefits that the former doesn’t. As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to wage war on our country, it’s needed now more than ever.

Now, let’s dive deeper into what Medicaid is, alternative names for it in each state, and eligibility requirements.

Sample New Mexico Medicaid ID card.

What Is Medicaid?

So, what is Medicaid? It’s a joint state and federal program that provides health coverage to over 72.5 million Americans. It’s the largest source of health insurance in the US. There’s no federal age limit for Medicaid, while the same can’t be said for Medicare (it’s usually 65 and older). In addition to health insurance and medical costs, it provides nursing home care and personal care.

Medicaid works in tandem with the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Since the creation of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, states have been able to expand coverage for nearly all lower-income Americans under 65 years of age.

General Eligibility

Income eligibility is determined through Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI). Besides income, there are other non-financial methods of determining whether someone is eligible for Medicaid.

You must be a resident of the state in which you’re applying. You must be a citizen of the United States, or a lawfully present immigrant. Additionally, eligibility varies by state. Some states even boast multiple Medicaid programs. You may be rejected for one program, but qualify for the other.

Image of Sample Louisiana Medicaid ID card.

Medicaid Names for Each State

Medicaid varies from state to state, which you’ll notice when you click on the link available for each state. In addition, some boast alternative names.

AlabamaNo alternative name. Individual resources cannot exceed $2,000 per month. Adults must be between 19 and 64.
AlaskaAlternative name: DenaliCare
ArizonaAlternative name: Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
ArkansasNo alternative name. You can get full benefits if you’re 65 and older, 19 and younger, blind, disabled, pregnant, and in foster care.
CaliforniaAlternative name: Medi-Cal. As an individual, you qualify if you make under $17,609 annually.
ColoradoAlternative name: Health First Colorado. You must, as an individual, generate only up to $1,415 per month.
ConnecticutAlternative name: HuskyHealth There are three separate programs: HUSKY A, HUSKY B, and HUSKY C.
DelawareAlternative name: Diamond State Health Plan (Plus). You may qualify for retro-eligibility.
FloridaAlternative name: Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Program
GeorgiaNo alternative name. You may qualify if you think you are pregnant, you are a child or teenager, you are age 65 or older, you are legally blind, you have a disability, or you need nursing home care.
HawaiiAlternative name: MedQuest
IdahoNo alternative name. As an individual, you must earn no more than $1,482 per month.
IllinoisAlternative name: Medical Assistance Program
IndianaAlternative names: Hoosier Healthwise is a health care program for children up to age 19 and pregnant women. You must be 19 and older to apply for the Healthy Indiana Plan as an adult.
IowaAlternative name: IA Health Link
KansasAlternative name: KanCare Medical Assistance Program
KentuckyAlternative name: Kynect
LouisianaAlternative name: Bayou Health Healthy Louisiana. Income requirement for an individual adult is $1,482 per month.
MaineAlternative name: MaineCare
MarylandAlternative name: Medical Assistance. Eligible people include low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities.
MassachusettsAlternative name: MassHealth which includes both Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
MichiganAlternative name: Medical Assistance or MA
MinnesotaAlternative name: Medical Assistance (MA) / MinnesotaCare
MississippiNo current alternative name. Those who may qualify include: Low-income or disabled: infants and children, parents/caretakers of minor children, pregnant women, working disabled, aged/blind/disabled receiving SSI, aged/blind/disabled residing in nursing facility, and emergency services for immigrants (who do not otherwise qualify for Medicaid).
MissouriAlternative name: MO HealthNet
MontanaNo alternative name.
NebraskaAlternative name: ACCESSNebraska. Check out this brochure of your rights and responsibilities.
NevadaNo alternative name. See if you qualify here.
New HampshireNo alternative name. Eligibility for Children, eligibility for Adults
New JerseyAlternative name: New Jersey FamilyCare. To be eligible, you must be a resident of New Jersey, be a U.S. Citizen or qualified alien, and meet specific standards for financial income and resources
New MexicoAlternative name: Centennial Care. Centennial Care services are provided by four managed care organizations and include physical and behavioral health, long-term care, and community benefits.
New YorkAlternative name: Medicaid Managed Care
North CarolinaAlternative name: Division of Medical Assistance (DMA)
North DakotaAlternative name: North Dakota Medicaid Expansion Program. The Expansion of Medicaid gives more individuals access to affordable coverage, preventive services and greater economic security in the event of accidents or illness.
OhioNo alternative name.
OklahomaAlternative name: SoonerCare. Check out these helpful videos all about SoonerCare.
OregonAlternative name: Oregon Health Plan. More info here.
PennsylvaniaAlternative name: Medical Assistance (MA)
Rhode IslandAlternative name: RI Medical Assistance Program
South CarolinaAlternative name: Healthy Connections
South DakotaNo alternative name. You can apply online.
TennesseeAlternative name: TennCare, which provides healthcare to low-income pregnant women, parents or caretakers of a minor child, children and individuals who are elderly or have a disability.
TexasNo alternative name.
UtahNo alternative name. This program provides medical services for low-income pregnant women, children, individuals who are elderly or have a disability, and women with breast or cervical cancer.
VermontAlternative name: Green Mountain Care
VirginiaNo alternative name. More user-friendly information here..
WashingtonAlternative name: Apple Health
Washington D.C.Alternative name: Healthy Families
West VirginiaAlternative name: Bureau for Medical Services (BMS)
WisconsinAlternative name: ForwardHealth / BadgerCare
WyomingAlternative name: EqualityCare

Click on the link for each state’s respective Medicaid program to apply. Thankfully, the application process for each state is fairly intuitive. You can start on the road of health care coverage today!

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