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 Louisiana Medicaid Program operates within the Louisiana Department of Health.
Do I qualify for Medicaid?
In Louisiana, you qualify to receive Medicaid if you:
- Receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the Social Security Administration (SSA)
- Get financial help from the Office of Family Support (OFS) through the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP)
You may also qualify for Medicaid coverage if you:
- Are disabled according to the Social Security Administration’s definition
- 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, or
- Are aged 19 to 64 years old, have a household income less than 138% of the federal poverty level, doesn't already qualify for Medicaid or Medicare, and meet citizenship requirement
- Act 421-Children's Medicaid Option/TEFRA
- Adult Group
- LaCHIP Affordable Plan
- Long Term Care
- Medicaid Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM)
- Medicaid Purchase Plan
- Medicare Savings Program
There are several ways you can apply for Medicaid or get more information:
1. Apply now or renew coverage for any Medicaid program by visiting the Louisiana Medicaid Self-Service Portal (SSP). 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. Agents are accepting calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
3. Contact any Medicaid Application Center statewide.
4. Download and print a Medicaid application and then mail or fax it to Medicaid as directed on the form.
5. Contact your local Medicaid office for help applying.
Please click here to ask a question about any of the Medicaid programs.
What you need to do if you have health insurance through the Marketplace and get help paying your insurance premiums:
- When you get Medicaid you MUST stop your Marketplace plan.
- If you do not stop your Marketplace plan you may have to pay a penalty when you file your tax return next year.
- Call 1-800 318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325) right away. Tell them you have Medicaid and you want to stop your Marketplace health insurance.
- Patient Access: Managing your digital medical information
- MMIS (Medicaid Management Information Systems)
- Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee
- Rate Setting and Audit Section
- Medicaid Forms Library
- Medicaid Reports and Publications
- Louisiana Health Finder
- Medicaid Services
Click here to see a directory listing of Medicaid leadership.
Click here to Medicaid Organizational Chart