Louisiana Medicaid: Your Guide to the LA Medicaid System

The Medicaid program is a nationwide service that is both federal and state administered. Each state has their own individual requirements and programs when it comes to Medicaid coverage. If you are interested in applying for Louisiana Medicaid, you will need to meet eligibility requirements and provide the required documentation and verification. There are certain groups who are automatically qualified. For example, if you receive SSI income or are part of the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP), you are automatically eligible to receive Medicaid coverage.

Even if you do not receive SSI or FITAP benefits, you may still qualify for Louisiana Medicaid. For example, if you are 65 years or older, blind, or disabled you are a good candidate for Medicaid coverage. Another group that is often able to obtain coverage are pregnant women or families with children whose income does not exceed the stated amount. There are special programs for women suffering with breast and/or cervical cancer as well. The CHAMP program is for children under the age of 19, while LAMoms is for pregnant women. There are other programs as well for various groups.

If you have questions about what is covered under Louisiana Medicaid or whether or not you are eligible, you will need to contact your local Department of Social Services. They will assign you a caseworker who can help you complete your application and answer your questions. Examples of the documentation you may need to provide when applying for Medicaid include bank statements, check stubs, photo identification, your Social Security card, evidence of pregnancy and/or disability if applicable, and whatever else your caseworker instructs you to bring. All of this documentation will be used to determine your eligibility for Louisiana Medicaid.

Those who are approved will be issued a Medicaid card and instructed on how to use it. You will need to choose a primary care provider who participates in the program as instructed by your caseworker. If you have questions about obtaining medical care under the Medicaid program, you should consult with your caseworker. If you have not yet applied and do not have a caseworker, your local Department of Social Services can advise you.

13 Responses to Louisiana Medicaid: Your Guide to the LA Medicaid System

  • Dionne Gillard says:

    Can you pls help me find information on how to become a trasportation provider for the state of louisiana ans sign up to receive medicaid/medicare.

  • wycilla atkins says:


  • karen says:

    My husband has been on medicaid for 2yrs . I was told that he would automatically qualify for medicare after 2 years. Is this true? How do I find out more?

  • allie bryant says:

    hi my mom is 61 an has asyma reelly bad an dont have the money for the doctors an test s that thay need to do could she get on medicaid

  • Noemi T. Conaway says:

    I need to know if I qualify for the LA medicaid even though I do not have any under age children… I was told that for $50.00 per mo. I would be able to obtain a LA medicaid card.

  • Rachel Graves says:

    My husband is losing his job after 20 years of service. We have two children under 18, and I only make approximately $21,000 per year. I need to find out if we qualify for medicaid assistance until he finds another job. And he will find another job, thank you.

  • Hanna Mattern says:

    I’m pregnant and i’m 17. I currently live in Texas but I’m moving in two weeks. I jus found out that i’m pregnant a week ago and need to know if i qualify, and if so, how quickly could i get in to see a doctor?

  • sandra matthews says:

    A non-profit hospital has a contract with the Office of Public Health to provide a targeted service and will be billing for the OPH for Medicaid reimbursement. The hospital receives 100
    % reimbursement from OPH to provide the services. Therefore, billed funds will go directly to the OPH.

    Is it ok for the hopsital to complete the Provider Enrollment Application as the entitiy providing the service and put the EIN number and bank account for the OPH on the application?

  • Alain says:

    Does anyone know where I can find out what Prescription products are under Medicaid/CHIP in Louisiana?

  • jewel says:

    If I have meducaid in Texas for my daughter who is 2 can it just be transferred over to Louisiana. We might move there soon but wanna make sure she has a doctor I know the whole system here

  • Joy Weidemann says:

    How long does an adult over 70 have to a resident of the state before they can apply for Medicaid? And what are the income/asset qualifications?

  • gerry vosburg says:

    what is the law if my mother has the house in her name, what will happen when she dies to the family home?now that she has been in the nursing home for about 2 years, my dad died about 3 months ago and they have been on medicaid for about 1 year.can she sign the house legal to my brother?how long does she have to live before it becomes his! she wanted him to have it but is it to late to donate it to him?if it’s to late what will happen to the house after she dies if it is still i n her name! we were told by a lawyer that the nursing home can claim it.

  • kevin nelson says:

    I need medicaid in lousiana but have money in bank will the money in the bank stop me from receiving medicaid in lousiana

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