What is Medicaid?

If someone in your family has a disability, they can get very good benefits with Medicaid.

Even if you have private insurance, you may also be able to get Medicaid as a "secondary insurance" for a family member with a disability.

Medicaid is a health insurance plan that is supported by the government.

  • All states have their own versions of Medicaid plans.

  • They are for people with low income or people with disabilities.

  • You have to qualify based on your income, but the guidelines are different if you have a disability.  (A person with a disability can qualify with a higher income.)

  • Their benefits include many different kinds of support service for people with disabilities.

In Louisiana, Medicaid plans are run by Healthy Louisiana.

  • Healthy Louisiana used to be called Bayou Health.

  • LaCHIP, a Medicaid program for children, is part of this.


If you qualify for Medicaid, you can enroll in one of these 6 health plans. They are also called MCO's, or Managed Care Organizations.

  1. Aetna
  2. AmeriHealth Caritas
  3. Healthy Blue
  4. Humana (new choice since 2022!)
  5. Louisiana Healthcare Connections
  6. UnitedHealthcare

They all include the same Basic Plan Benefits that are required by all Medicaid programs. But each MCO, or health plan, offers some extra benefits as well.

Dental Plans include DentaQuest and MCNA Dental. Learn about getting dental care for people with disabilities in Louisiana.

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All Healthy Louisiana plans include at least these services:

  • Behavioral health services

  • Chronic illness management

  • Dental services

  • Durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and certain supplies

  • Early periodic screening, diagnostic, and treatment (EPSDT)/well-child visits

  • Emergency and non-emergency medical transportation

  • Emergency medical services

  • Family planning services

  • Immunizations/vaccines

  • Inpatient/outpatient hospital services

  • Laboratory tests and x-rays

  • Pregnancy and newborn care

  • Prescription Medicines/pharmacy

  • Rural health clinic services

  • Unlimited Primary Care Physician (PCP) visits

  • Vision services

  • Women’s health services


Learn more:

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Sources: LDH, Navigators for a Healthy Louisiana