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Health Insurance & Affordable Care Act

10 Questions About Medicaid Answered

8. Can I Get Medicaid and Medicare at the Same Time?

You may in some situations. Medicare is a health insurance program for:

  • People age 65 and older
  • People younger than age 65 who are disabled
  • People with end-stage kidney disease

With Medicare, you have to pay monthly premiums and other costs, such as copays and deductibles, when you go for medical care. If you are on Medicare and have a limited income, you may qualify for help from Medicaid to pay the costs of Medicare. If you have both Medicaid and Medicare, you may hear people refer to you as being dually eligible.

9. How Do I Apply for Medicaid?

Start by going to Use the drop down menu under "State Profiles" to find your state. You'll see a link to your state Medicaid web site.

From your state site, you may find a few different ways to apply:

  • Download and print an application to fill out and mail, fax, or drop off in person.
  • Apply online.
  • You can also get in-person help signing up. To find a navigator near you, go to "Find Local Help" on


You may need documents that show your income, home address, and other details.

10. How Long Will My Medicaid Benefits Last?

Your benefits will last as long as you remain eligible.

If you get a new job or move to a different state, you need to report it -- usually within 10 days. Talk with a representative at the Medicaid office about how these changes will affect your coverage.

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