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Medicaid: Health Insurance for the Elderly and Disabled

The Program Who Can Join and How?

Who Can Join?

You do not need to be a US Citizen to qualify for Medicaid. You may be able to get Medicaid if you qualify under one or more of the following categories:

  • Elderly/disabled persons who get Supplemental Security Income (SSI), aged or disabled (with income under 100% of the FPL) or individuals in a long term care facility
  • Refugees and certain other immigrants in their first eight months in the country are eligible for Medicaid regardless of income and resources
  • Low and moderate-income HIV-positive persons eligible for COBRA through a former employer
  • Low-income individuals who do not meet the requirements of the Medicaid program but who are in need of medical care and have incomes below the MNIL
  • Individuals who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or have children who get Foster Care, Dependant Ward, or Adoption Assistance
  • Children under age 19 and their parents, step-parents, or caretakers who meet the TANF income and asset standards but are not receiving TANF
  • Children under the age of 21, their parents and/or caretaker relatives with incomes below the Medically Needy Income Level (MNIL)
  • Families who meet the Poverty Level income qualifications

How Do You Join?

To apply, you must fill out the Medicaid form (about 14 pages) from the DHS website. After you submit your application, it takes about 4-6 weeks for you to hear whether you have been approved for enrollment. You may also be able to apply at any community health center or get a form at any of the IMA offices where you will need to take your completed application. The offices are located at the following places:

  • Anacostia 2100 Martin Luther King Avenue SE (202)645-4614
  • Congress Heights 4001 South Capitol Street SE (202)645-4525
  • Eckington 51 N Street NE (202)724-8720
  • Fort Davis 3851 Alabama Avenue SE (202)645-4500
  • H Street 645 H Street NE (202)698-3450
  • Taylor Street Service Center 1207 Taylor Street NW (202)576-8000
  • Northeast 3917 Minnesota Avenue NE (202)724-7900

If you aren't sure which office is closest or what documentation you need to bring with you, call (202) 724-5506 for help. You can also find help at their website.