Medicaid provides medical benefits to low-income individuals and families. Although the federal government establishes the general rules for Medicaid, specific requirements are established by each individual state separately. In Louisiana, over a million residents receive health care coverage through Medicaid, most of whom are children under the age of 19. The Louisiana Medicaid Program operates within the Louisiana Department of Health. Find out more about the Medicaid benefits and services covered as a member of a health plan or the legacy Medicaid program.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant change in the participation criteria of the Louisiana Medicaid Program. This is allowing families with higher income but in need to apply and join in the Louisiana Medicaid Program. You can apply or renew online by creating an account on the Medicaid Self Service portal from your computer or smartphone. You can also update your personal information any time of the day. Once you submit the online application, it is sent immediately to the Medicaid office for processing, and there is no delay for mailing or faxing a paper form. If you prefer to download and print a Medicaid application, you can do so, then mail or fax it to Medicaid as directed on the form. You may contact your local Medicaid office for help applying. For more information, go to the Louisiana Department of Health website. You can call the Medicaid hotline toll free at 1-888-342-6207 for help applying. Agents are accepting calls Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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