Helping more people get health coverage is one of the health care reform law's main goals. One way the law will do this is by letting more people with low incomes sign up for Medicaid.
Starting on January 1, 2014, if your state chooses to expand Medicaid coverage, you can sign up if:
- You're single, under 65 and earn less than $14,500 a year.
- Your family (up to four) makes less than $29,700.
For the first time, most single adults under 65 who earn less than $14,500 a year can sign up for Medicaid coverage. This includes those who are disabled. A family of four that makes less than $29,700 a year can also get Medicaid coverage. The federal government will give the states that choose to expand Medicaid coverage extra money to help them pay for this coverage.
Along with making it easier for people to get Medicaid coverage, health care reform is also helping them stay healthy. The law includes more money for services to prevent diseases and obesity. To learn more, see More preventive care for Medicaid.
Are there other rules for who can sign up for Medicaid coverage?
Yes, you must also meet certain federal and state rules, such as proof that you're a U.S. citizen.
How do I sign up for Medicaid coverage?
You'll fill out one form to find out which plan is best for you. Depending on your situation, you or your family can get health coverage through:
- Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
- A health insurance exchange.
Can I get Medicaid coverage before 2014?
Some states may decide to cover more people with Medicaid before 2014.