Medicaid: Apply for Health Services

Published 08/20/2014 01:08:49 PM | Updated 06/09/2016 01:06:12 PM

How do I apply for Medicaid benefits?

Medicaid provides medical benefits to low-income individuals and families. Although the federal government establishes the general rules for Medicaid, specific requirements are established by each state. In Louisiana, over a million residents receive health care coverage through Medicaid, most of whom are children under 19.

The Medicaid Program in the State operates within the Louisiana Department of Health.

Do I qualify for Medicaid?

Medicaid eligibility is determined using the Federal Poverty Level income guidelines.

In Louisiana, you qualify to receive Medicaid if you:

You may also qualify for Medicaid coverage if you:

  • Are disabled according to the definition of disability of the Social Security Administration:
  • Have corrected vision no better than 20/200
  • Are a low-income parent of children under age 19
  • Are a child under age 19
  • Are pregnant
  • Have no insurance and need treatment for breast and/or cervical cancer
  • Receive Medicare coverage and are low-income

If you live in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, or Plaquemines parish, read more about the Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection (GNOCHC) program at:

How Do I Apply?

There are several ways you can apply for Medicaid or get more information: you can apply online, by phone, by mail, or in person.

1. Apply now or renew coverage for any Medicaid program by visiting the Louisiana Medicaid Online Application Center at:

Once you submit the online application, it is sent immediately to the Medicaid office for processing, and there is no delay for mailing or faxing a paper form.

2. Call the Medicaid hotline toll free at 1.888.342.6207 for help applying.

3. Contact any Medicaid Application Center statewide; a map is available online at:

4. Download and print a Medicaid application. The Medicaid application is available online at: . Mail or fax  the completed form to Medicaid at:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 91278
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9278
Fax: 1.877.523.2987

5. Contact your local Medicaid Office for help applying; a directory of offices across the state is at:

You can also call 1.888.342.6207 for directions to your local Medicaid Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

A list of Frequently Asked Questions related to Medicaid and programs within Medicaid is available online at:


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