Learn about Medicaid, low cost or free healthcare for people with low incomes.

Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Learn About Medicaid

Medicaid provides free or low-cost medical benefits to eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities.

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) names vary state by state. Learn what they’re called in your state.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Your state will determine if you qualify for Medicaid. Check with your state's Medicaid office to see if you are eligible to receive benefits and to apply.

Learn About CHIP

CHIP covers uninsured children and teens up to age 19 in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid. This coverage includes health and dental plans.

Eligibility and How to Apply

States have different eligibility rules. You can apply by contacting your state office or calling 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669), a free and confidential hotline, to be connected directly to your state's program.

Using Your Coverage

Learn how your Medicaid or CHIP coverage and care work.

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Medicaid Complaints

If you have a problem with the services you receive through your Medicaid health insurance coverage, you can file a complaint. Medicaid programs are managed by each state, rather than the federal government. Contact your state's Medicaid program to report your problem.

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Last Updated: May 26, 2017

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