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Frequently-Asked Questions about Medicaid

My child does not have health insurance right now. Is he eligible now for Medicaid or CHIP?

The Health Insurance Marketplace will tell you whether you qualify for Medicaid or CHIP. Also visit Programs in Your State to find state-specific information about Medicaid and CHIP. You can also call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669), a free and confidential hotline. Staff can help you learn whether your children might qualify and help you enroll them, or directly connect you to your state's programs.

My child and I already have Medicaid. Do I need to do anything else?

If you are happy with your health insurance, you don’t have to do anything. In existing plans, the health care law offers new rights, consumer protections, and benefits like free preventive health care.

My child has Medicaid, but can parents apply for coverage?

Parents, older siblings, and grandparents under age 65 may qualify for coverage. The health care law provides states the choice and additional federal funding to expand their Medicaid programs to cover people who make up to 133% of the federal poverty level (about $31,300 for a family of four in 2013). Some states are expanding their Medicaid programs in 2014; other states are not. Even if your loved ones were told they didn't qualify for Medicaid in the past, they may qualify under the new rules.

How can I apply?

You can apply online, by phone, by mail, or in person. Visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 for more details.

In addition to income, what are the other requirements?

To be eligible for health coverage, you must be a U.S. citizen or a non-citizen who is lawfully present in the U.S. for the entire period for which enrollment is sought.

When will Medicaid coverage start for newly eligible parents, older siblings, and grandparents under age 65?

Coverage varies by state. Visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to find out more.


Want to learn more about Medicaid? Visit medicaid.gov for more info about eligibility, benefits and more.

Last Reviewed: May 8, 2017