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Do I Qualify For Medicaid?

You qualify for Medicaid based on income and family size. If you're eligible, you get free or low-cost care and don't need to buy a Marketplace plan. Medicaid provides health coverage for some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Medicaid programs must follow federal guidelines, but they vary somewhat from state to state. You may qualify for Medicaid - now or in 2017. The rules for Medicaid eligibility are different for each state. Most states offer coverage for adults with children below a certain income level, as well as pregnant women, some seniors, and people with disabilities. Under the health care law, Medicaid eligibility is expanding in many states. More people than ever will qualify for Medicaid starting in 2017.Even if you were told you didn't qualify for Medicaid in the past, you may qualify under the new rules. To see if you qualify for Medicaid, do one of these:Visit your state's Medicaid website. Use the menu at the bottom of this page to select your state and you'll be sent to the right page. You can apply right now and find out if you qualify. But if you're not eligible now, you may qualify in 2017, when new rules take effect in many states. If you submit an application, the state will check the new rules when you apply. Fill out an application for the Health Insurance Marketplace. When you finish this application, we'll tell you which programs you and your family qualify for. If it looks like anyone is eligible for Medicaid, we'll let the Medicaid agency know so your coverage can start in 2017.

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