Make sure you meet the state's income guidelines. Each state's income limit may vary slightly. These guidelines specify how much money per month a single person or family may make and still qualify for Medicaid. There are extended limits for pregnant women and children, as well as those that are disabled or over the age of 65. For example, in New York as of 2010, a family of two people may gross no more than $883 per month. A family of two with a disabled person or person over the age of 65 may gross $1,117 per month. In North Carolina, a family of two with a person over the age of 65 may gross up to $1,215 per month.
Call or visit your local social services or human services office to apply for Medicaid. If you are unable to leave the house, you may call the office and request an application by mail. Many state offices have applications that you may download from the Internet. You may also visit the office in person and fill out an application. The application will require the name, social security numbers and birth dates for all of your family members living with you. You will also need to provide income information such as wages, other benefits received such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or child support, and any current savings in the bank or other assests such as a 401k plan and its value. Applications may be mailed, dropped-off or in some cases, faxed back.
Attend an interview at your local human or social services department. Often, you will need to interview with a representative who will further assess your need and may require some additional materials. For example, you may need to bring your state-issued driver's license or ID, birth certificate or other proof of age and citizenship, proof of alien status (if applicable), recent paycheck stubs (if working), proof of residence such as a lease agreement or rent receipt, and any other insurance benefit cards that you may have. Once an interview has been conducted, the department will send you a letter approving or denying your application for medicaid.