What is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a medical assistance program that helps many people who can't afford medical care pay for some or all of their medical bills.  If you can't afford to pay for medical care right now, Medicaid may be able to help you get the care that you need to get healthy - and stay healthy.

If you have applied for and met the eligibility requirements to be approved for Medicaid, you will receive a plastic Medicaid card in the mail.  Show your Medicaid card to your doctor, dentist, pharmacist, or at the hospital or clinic when you go for medical services. Make sure they will accept Medicaid as payment for services. After you have received your medical care, the Medicaid program will pay the doctor, clinic or other provider for your care for all your Medicaid covered services.


Who is eligible for Medicaid in Georgia?

Many groups of people are covered by Medicaid. Even within these groups, though, certain requirements must be met. These may include your age; whether you are pregnant, disabled, blind, or aged; whether you are pregnant, disabled, blind, or aged; your income and assets, and whether you are a U.S. citizen or a qualified alient. Non-qualified aliens or undocumented immigrants may be eligible for emergency assistance only.

Your child may be eligible for coverage if he or she is a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted immigrant, even if you are not. Eligibility for children is based on the child's status, not the parent's; however, the parent's income is counted towards the income limit.

In general, you should apply for Medicaid if your income is low and you match one of the descriptions below:

  • You think you are pregnant
  • You are a child or teenager
  • You are age 65 or older
  • You are legally blind
  • You have a disability
  • You need nursing home care


How do I apply for Medicaid?

Anyone who applies for Medicaid can do so in person (by going to the local DFCS, health department or Social Security office), or by requesting forms to be mailed to you that you can fill out at home.


To locate your county DFCS office, look in the blue pages of your telephone book for Department of Human Services, Family and Children Services, or log on to, look on the left and click on a county office.


You may find a Medicaid application at the following websites:




Georgia Health Partnership and click on the member information tab


To locate a county health department call (404) 657-2700 or log onto the Public Health web site at: Go to the counties and districts tab.

To locate a Social Security Administration office near you, call 1 (800) 809-7276 or log on to


For questions about your Medicaid card or to learn more about Georgia Medicaid, call: 1 (866) 211-0950 or (770) 570-3373 or log on to

To learn more about Georgia Families, call 1 (888) 423-6765 or log on to