Who is eligible for
Many groups of people are covered by
Massachusetts Medicaid. Even within these groups, though, certain requirements
must be met. These may include your age; whether you are pregnant, disabled,
blind, or aged; your income and assets; and whether you are a U.S. citizen
or a lawfully admitted immigrant. When you apply for Medicaid, the
requirements listed above will be taken into account before a decision is
Your child may be eligible for coverage if he or she is a U.S. citizen or a
lawfully admitted immigrant, even if you are not. Eligibility for children
is based on the childís status, not the parentís. In general, you should
apply for Medicaid if your income is low and you match one of the
You think you are pregnant
You are a child or teenager
You are age 65 or older
You are blind
You are disabled
You need nursing home care.
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Should You Apply for
When you apply for Massachusetts Medicaid, your application will be
carefully reviewed by a trained staff member. In general, you should apply
for Medicaid if you match the descriptions below:
Apply for Medicaid if you think you are pregnant. You may be eligible
whether or not you are married. If you are on Medicaid when your child is
born, both you and your child will be covered. You may be covered for
another 60 days after your childís birth. Your child may be covered for up
to one year.
Children and Teenagers:
Apply for Medicaid if you are the parent or guardian of a child who is
18 years old or younger and your familyís income is low, or if your child is
sick enough to need nursing home care, but could stay home with good quality
care at home. If you are a teenager living on your own, you may apply for
Medicaid on your own behalf.
If you or someone in your family needs
health care, you should apply for Medicaid even if you are not sure whether
you qualify. Some income and resources do not count against you. For
example, owning your home will not stop you from getting Medicaid.
Every group has its own income limits, which increase on a regular basis.
For example, in 2005 the monthly income level for a pregnant woman with 1
child is $2682 and $3226 for a pregnant woman with 2 children. Apply and
have a qualified caseworker evaluate your situation.