Apply for Medicaid

Medicaid provides access to free and low-cost medical care.

State residents eligible for Medicaid support (sometimes referred to as Medical Assistance) include pregnant women, children, retirees age 65 and older, and people who are legally blind or disabled. Those who need nursing home care or who have breast or cervical cancer may also qualify.

Medicaid has several programs that can help you or your family.

For information about Medicaid benefits during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) response, please visit our Georgia COVID-19 response page.

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How Do I Apply for Medicaid?

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    Make Sure You're Eligible

    Many groups in Georgia are covered by Medicaid. In general, you may be eligible for Medicaid if:

    • You think you are pregnant.
    • You are under age 18.
    • You are 65 or older.
    • You are blind.
    • You have a disability.
    • You require nursing home care.
    • You meet requirements based on your income and assets.
     
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    Gather What You’ll Need

    If you need help finding any of the information below, call 877-423-4746 or 877-427-3224 for assistance.

    • A copy of your birth certificate or other proof of identity and citizenship or immigration status
    • Photo ID cards issued by federal, state, or local government agencies
    • Social Security number for each person applying
    • Paycheck stubs, payroll records, or recent W-2 forms covering at least the past four weeks
    • Letters or forms that show income from Social Security, Veterans Administration, retirement, pensions, unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation, or any other sources of income
    • Current health insurance policies, health insurance cards, or other health insurance information
    • Life insurance policies
    • Recent bank statements or bank books
    • Most recent tax return
    • Information about assets you own (such as land or stocks and bonds)
     
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    Create & Submit Application

    You can apply online, by phone, in person, or by mail. Applications are available in Spanish (las aplicaciones de Medicaid están disponibles en español).

    • Apply online
      • Visit www.gateway.ga.gov. Select Apply for Benefits to begin.
      • Select Medical Assistance as a program.
      • Follow the online prompts to apply for Medicaid.
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    • Apply by phone
      • You can apply by phone by calling 877-423-4746.
      • After your call, you may need to provide additional information or documentation.
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    • Apply in person
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    • Apply by mail
      • You can apply by mail by calling 877-423-4746 and requesting to have forms mailed to you.
      • Complete all forms mailed to you as directed and mail back to the Division of Family and Children Services.
      • You may need to provide additional information or documentation.
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    Next Steps

    • If you have medical bills from the past three months that you were not able to pay, report them on your application when you apply. If you are eligible for Medicaid, it’s possible that Medicaid will pay for some of these bills, even if you were not enrolled in Medicaid at that time. 
    • Once you complete an application for Medicaid, an eligibility specialist will review your application. The eligibility specialist will make sure all necessary information has been received. A Medicaid caseworker will interview you and review your application. The caseworker will make sure that all the needed information has been provided.
    • You will find out by mail whether you are eligible for Medicaid within 45 days after you apply. (If you have a disability and it has to be determined, the process may take up to 60 days). If you are eligible for Medicaid, you will receive a Medicaid card in the mail.
    • If you are ineligible for Medicaid based on income, your information will be transferred to the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) to determine if you qualify for subsidies, cost-sharing reductions, premium tax credits, or private health coverage.
     

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This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice. If you have questions regarding any matter contained on this page, please contact the related agency.