If you’re a low income individual or family and you can’t afford medical care, you may be eligible for Medicaid.

Medicaid does not pay you money but instead sends money directly to healthcare providers. There may also be a small co-payment for certain medical services. Medicaid is state-administered so each state has its own eligibility and services guidelines.

A lot of people who are covered by Medicaid must meet certain requirements. Some of these requirements may include your age, if you are pregnant, disabled, and/or blind. You will also need to prove your income and other financial resources such as bank accounts, property, and other valuable items that can be sold. You must also be a US citizen or a legally-entitled immigrant.

Children are usually eligible for Medicaid health insurance if he or she is a US citizen or legally-entitled citizen even if the parent is not. Eligibility is based on the child’s status so if an adult cares for someone else’s child, their income and social status will not count towards that child.

If you think you are eligible for Medicaid health insurance, you should check your state’s requirements. Even if you do not believe you qualify, if you apply for Medicaid, a qualified casework will be able to evaluate your particular situation.