Citizenship & Medicaid: What You Need To Know

October 20, 2017

You can apply for Medicaid if you are a legal resident of Louisiana. Families that include immigrants can also apply. Here’s what you need to know:

Do I have to be born in the United States to be eligible?

No. You do not have to be born in the United States. But you must have legal citizenship to be eligible if you are applying for yourself.

I am not a citizen, but my child is. Can I apply for my child?

Yes. You can apply for your child even if you are not eligible. You do not need to provide proof of your citizenship if you are applying for your child.

Will applying for Medicaid affect my immigration status?

No. Applying for Medicaid will not affect your immigration status. The Medicaid program does not report this information.

can i apply for medicaid in a language other than english?

The Louisiana Department of Health offers free help to families who do not speak English. For help, call 1-888-342-6207 (TTY: 1-800-220-5404) and say what language you need.

For more information about citizenship and applying for Medicaid:

Visit the Louisiana Department of Health’s website to view a list of common questions about applying for Medicaid. To learn how to apply for Medicaid, click here.