What is Medicaid?
Medicaid provides health coverage to more than 50 million children, families, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
Medicaid Is Available in Every State
All States provide Medicaid to infants and children under age 6 with family incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level, or FPL, ($29,725 for a family of four in 2011). Medicaid is available in every state for children under age 19 with family incomes up to $22,350 (100% FPL). Medicaid covers U.S. citizens and eligible immigrants.
In some states, children are still eligible for Medicaid if their family income is higher, and children in families with even higher incomes may be eligible for CHIP. Learn more about Medicaid and other programs in your state.
What Does Medicaid Pay For?
Medicaid pays for a full set of services for children, including preventive care, immunizations, screening and treatment of health conditions, doctor and hospital visits, and vision and dental care. In most cases, these services are provided at no cost to families.
Applying for Health Coverage Is Easy and Confidential
To get started, make a free call to 1-877 KIDS NOW (1-877-543-7669). When you call our free and confidential hotline, you’ll be connected directly to someone from your state who will help you apply. Families will need to complete an application and provide some documents. Depending on the State, you can complete the application through the mail, over the phone, or even on line. Learn more about health coverage programs in your state.