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General Medicaid Requirements

There are many pathways to being eligible for Medicaid.  For example, most states provide Medicaid to anyone who is receiving benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.  A number of states provide Medicaid to older adults or persons with a disability with an income that is below 100 percent of the federal poverty level ($931 a month for an individual in 2012).

For the most part, to be eligible for Medicaid you must be one of the following:

  • Be age 65 or older
  • Have a permanent disability as that term is defined by the Social Security Administration
  • Be blind
  • Be a pregnant woman
  • Be a child, or the parent or caretaker of a child

In addition you must meet certain other requirements, such as:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or meet certain immigration rules
  • Be a resident of the state where you apply
  • Have a Social Security number