Will Medicaid Expansion Impact Me?

Medicaid is a federally mandated, but state-run healthcare program designed to benefit low-income adults, their children, and people with certain disabilities who cannot otherwise afford insurance.

While Medicaid is funded by both the federal and state governments, each state decides who is eligible for their program.

The ACA allowed for additional federal funding for states choosing to expand Medicaid benefit eligibility. Some states have chosen not to participate in this program.

FAST FACT: Because there are no limited enrollment periods for Medicaid, you can apply at any time if your situation changes.

When you fill out a marketplace application online, you will be told if you are eligible for Medicaid or a private insurance plan in your state. You can also contact the marketplace by phone at 1-800-318-2596.

Some state Medicaid and CHIP programs have different names. For instance, in Oklahoma it’s called SoonerCare, and in California, it’s called Medi-Cal. The CHIP program in Virginia is called Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS).

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