How to apply for Medicaid

Medicaid is a program that helps pay for medically necessary services for needy and low-income people, using state and federal government money. DHS runs the Arkansas Medicaid program and decides what services you may be eligible for. If you want more in-depth information, you can read the Medicaid Handbook. Before you apply, you may want to see the list of covered services.

Be sure to note that Medicaid and Medicare are different programs. Medicare is federal health insurance. Medicare pays for covered medical services for people aged 65 and older, and for some people who have a disability.

To apply for Medicaid, go to the Department of Human Services (DHS) office in the county where you live. If you are not able to go, a family member or friend may apply for you. You must sign an application form and give information about yourself and your family, how much money you make, and any other money or property you have. The county office will determine your eligibility.

Print one of the following applications, and take it to your nearest county DHS office or call 1-800-482-8988.

When you take your Medicaid application, be sure to bring the following information about yourself and your family members who live with you:

  • Proof of your age such as a birth certificate, driver’s license or a birth record from the hospital
  • Paycheck stubs for everyone in your household who has a job
  • Social Security card
  • Letters or forms from Social Security, SSI, Veteran’s Administration, or other sources that show the amount of your income
  • Insurance policies, including other health insurance policies
  • Bank books or other papers that show the amount of money or property you own

When you apply for Medicaid, DHS workers will explain the ConnectCare program and ask you to select your primary care physician.