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Medicaid for Children, Parents and Other Caretakers

How to Qualify: Children

  • Children must be under age 19 and live in Alabama
  • Children may be living in one or two parent families
  • The income of all people included in the “family size” is counted
  • The income of the legal parent (including adoptive parent) and step-parent to the child(ren) is counted if they are included in the child(ren)’s family size
  • If the child does not qualify for Medicaid due to income, the application will be processed for the ALL Kids program.
  • Children must be a US citizen or be in satisfactory immigration status according to agency rules

How to Qualify: Parents and Other Caretakers

  • Applicant must have a child under the age of 19 who is a close relative and who lives in the home
  • Applicant must be a resident of Alabama, and a U.S. citizen or be in satisfactory immigration status according to agency rules
  • Assign all medical insurance or medical support benefits to the State
  • Report household changes, such as: address changes, birth, pregnancy, someone moving in or out of your home, adoption, or change in income. NOTE: New income must be reported within 10 days of the day the applicant/recipient receives his/her first paycheck.

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Children’s Health Coverage Programs in Alabama

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible children in Montana. These programs provide health coverage for children so that they can get routine check-ups, immunizations and dental care to keep them healthy.

Even if your child has been turned down in the past or you don’t know if they qualify, you may be able to get health coverage now.

Medicaid/CHIP Information in Alabama

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Medicaid/CHIP Dental Care in Alabama

Medicaid and CHIP also cover dental care for children. Once your child has coverage use the tools below to find dental care in Alabama:

Eligibility Information

Question: Is my child eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)?

Answer: States have different income eligibility rules, but in most states, children up to age 19 with family income up to $49,200 per year (for a family of four) may qualify for Medicaid or the CHIP. In many states, family income can be even higher and children can still qualify. Young people up to 21 may be eligible for Medicaid. Youth who have “aged out” of foster care can be covered under Medicaid until they reach 26; there is no income limit for these youth.

Medicaid and CHIP coverage is for U.S. citizens and certain lawfully present immigrants. To find information about the Medicaid and CHIP programs in your state, go to Learn About Programs in Your State or call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669). When you call the free and confidential hotline, you’ll be connected to someone in your state who can help you learn whether your children may qualify and help you enroll them.

Question: Are teenagers eligible for coverage?

Answer: Yes, in every state, children from birth until their 19th birthday may be eligible for coverage.

Question: I have a job. Can my children and teens still qualify?

Answer: Yes, many children who are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP are in families where one or both parents are working. Working parents may not have health coverage through their jobs or the health plans they’re offered may not cover their children. Many working families can’t afford health insurance on their own.

Question: Who can apply for Medicaid and CHIP for a child?

Answer: A parent, grandparent, guardian or other authorized representative can apply on behalf of a child. If you’re a teenager living on your own, your state may allow you to apply for Medicaid on your own behalf or any adult may apply for you.

Question: What if my children and teens are covered by Medicaid or CHIP already?

Answer: That’s great! They already have comprehensive health insurance. If you’re looking for a dentist for your child, use our dentist locator.

Question: Is there a limit on the amount of time my child or teen can remain enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP?

Answer: Children and teens can stay covered as long as they qualify. You’ll need to renew their coverage once a year.

Question: How do I know when to renew Medicaid or CHIP coverage for my child or teen?

Answer: The program will contact you to let you know that it is time to renew your child’s coverage.

Covered Services

Question: What do Medicaid and CHIP cover?

Answer: All states provide comprehensive coverage for children, including:

  • Routine check-ups
  • Immunizations
  • Doctor visits
  • Prescriptions
  • Dental and vision care
  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital care
  • Laboratory and X-ray services
  • Emergency services

Some specific benefits may be different from state to state.

Question: How do I find a health care provider (doctor, dentist or pharmacist) in my area who accepts Medicaid or CHIP?

Answer: There are several things you can do to find a health care provider:

  • If you already have a health care provider for your child, ask if he or she accepts Medicaid, CHIP, or the health plan you selected. If you’ve been getting care from a provider that doesn’t accept Medicaid, CHIP, or any of its health plans, you may be able to keep using that provider for a short time until you can find another provider, but you need to ask your state’s Medicaid or CHIP program, or the health plan you selected.
  • Most Medicaid and CHIP programs and health plans have websites that tell you which providers are available.
  • Call your state Medicaid or CHIP agency or your health plan’s member services department for help. The phone number is typically on eligibility letters or on the back of program enrollment cards. This information should also be available on your health plan’s website or your state Medicaid or CHIP agency website.
  • Be sure to let your provider know that you’re enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, or give the name of your health plan when you make an appointment for care. If you’re having trouble getting an appointment to see a doctor, call your state Medicaid or CHIP agency or your health plan’s member services department for help.
  • Find a dentist in your area by using our online dentist finder search application.

Costs for Families

Question: What do families pay for coverage under Medicaid and CHIP?

Answer: Depending on their income, many families will get free health coverage for their children and teens. Other families may be required to pay a modest enrollment fee or premiums, and copayments for specific services. The rest of the coverage is paid for by the federal government and your state.

Application Process

Question: When can I apply for Medicaid and CHIP? Is there a certain time of year I should apply?

Answer: You can enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time. There’s no special open enrollment period for Medicaid or CHIP. You can apply at HealthCare.gov or directly with your state’s Medicaid or CHIP agency.

Question: How do I apply for Medicaid and CHIP?

Answer: You can apply online, by phone, by mail or in person. You can apply using the HealthCare.gov online application or directly at your state’s Medicaid or CHIP agency. To get more information and help call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669), a free and confidential hotline, to be connected directly to your state’s program.

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