Qualifying for Medicaid

To qualify, it depends on your income and your disability.

You should qualify if your household income is less than a certain amount.

For people without a disability, this limit is 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. (The Federal Poverty Level is a standard income level that is used to decide who should get benefits.)

See the chart below. These are not exact amounts, but give you an idea of what the limits are. If your household income is below these limits or close to them, then you may be likely to qualify.

Table showing weekly, monthly and annual income requirements to qualify for medicaid based on the number of people in your household.

For example: If there are 4 people in your family and your monthly income is not more than $2,900, then you will probably qualify.

BUT: if you have a disability, the income limit is higher.

It's complicated, but for now you should know that if your family is close to the level in chart above, then you have a good chance of qualifying.

To make it more complicated, there are different kinds of programs. Click here to see a chart with income limits for the different Medicaid programs. (It will open in a new tab.)

Even if your income is higher, it's worth learning more!

If you are getting SSI or FITAP benefits, you automatically qualify for Medicaid!

  • SSI is Supplemental Security Income. See our SSI Guide to learn all about it.

  • FITAP is the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (has been called Welfare)

Learn more:

Click here to see to Medicaid page from the LA Dept. of Health (It will open in a new tab.)

Sources: LDH, Navigators for a Healthy Louisiana