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There are no open enrollment periods for Medicaid. You are able to apply year-round. You can apply for Medicaid in two ways, either through the Health Insurance Marketplace or through state Medicaid agency.

Medicaid is a federal and state health insurance program for eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults, and people with disabilities. It is run by the states and must meet certain guidelines set by the federal government. Both the federal and state governments jointly fund the program. 

Check if You Are Eligible for Medicaid Based on Income Alone

You can check to see if you qualify for Medicaid based on income alone using a tool from Healthcare.gov. Simply enter the number of people in your household, the state you live in, and your estimated income for the year.

Even if you don’t qualify based on your income information you can still apply, as you might qualify dependent upon your state’s program. 

Apply for Medicaid

There are no open enrollment periods for Medicaid. You are able to apply year-round. You can apply for Medicaid in two ways, either through the Health Insurance Marketplace or through state Medicaid agency.

To apply through the Marketplace, create an account and fill out an application. If you appear to qualify your information will be sent to your state’s agency. 

You can also go directly through your state’s Medicaid agency. You can find your state’s agency contact information through the Medicaid.gov website

Medicaid Expansion and the States

Some states have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover all people with household incomes below a certain level, while others have not. States were provided with the opportunity to do so thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming have all decided not to expand Medicaid, while the remaining states and D.C. have done so. Nebraska’s expansion won’t go into effect until October 1, 2020, and will not include some benefits outright.