Medicaid and CHIP
Low-cost Health Coverage
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities.
You can apply for and enroll in Medicaid and CHIP any time of year. If you qualify, your coverage can start immediately.
Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility
To be eligible to enroll in health coverage through Medicaid, you must be:
- 65 or older
- Young people up to 21 years of age
- Youth who have “aged out” of foster care until they reach age 26
- Living with a disability
- A parent or adult caring for a child
- An adult without dependent children (some states)
- An eligible immigrant
To be eligible to enroll in health coverage through CHIP, you must be:
- Under age 19
- A pregnant person of any age
- U.S. citizen and certain lawfully present immigrants may be eligible
To apply for Medicare or CHIP, you will need:
- Valid ID (proof of age)
- Proof of Citizenship
- Marital Status
- Proof of family income (most recent check stub, Social Security award letter, pension checks)
- Additional family income: (checking account, stocks, bonds, 401K, trust funds, deeds to owned property)
- There are two ways to apply for Medicaid and CHIP: Contact your state Medicaid agency or fill out an application through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
- CHIP covered services. Check with you state for information about covered services.
- What CHIP costs
CareLink offers presentations to staff, parents and caretakers about Medicaid/CHIP Guidelines and Coverage Information. For more information, contact University Health CareLink, or call CareLink at 210-358-3350.