What is Medicaid?

Medicaid provides medical benefits to people who are financially needy. Medicaid is not primarily a program for people who are elderly. Rather it is for people who are poor. It is not available to seniors under the age of 65, unless they are blind or disabled. Medicaid also pays for support services provided to people with disabilities through the Michigan Department of Human Services, and services from the local Community Mental Health system.


The Federal Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Department of Community Health, and the Michigan Department of Human Services administer Medicaid. The program receives both federal and state funds. Some people mistakenly believe that any poor person may qualify for Medicaid. The fact is that to qualify for the Medicaid program, you must pass four eligibility tests.


  • Categorical eligibility. You must be blind, disabled, age 65 or older, receive Supplemental Security Income , or used to receive Supplemental Security Income;
  • Non-financial eligibility. You must be a Michigan resident, United States Citizen or Alien status, and have a social security number;
  • Financial eligibility. You must be asset poor and income poor; and
  • Procedural eligibility. You must complete and sign an application form, provide timely proof of eligibility, and report changes in circumstances.


If you have questions regarding Medicaid, contact your local Department of Human Services office or visit them online at www.michigan.gov/dhs. You can also contact The Arc at 734-729-9100 or visit us online. There is additional information about how to apply for Medicaid available on The Take Charge Helpline.

Phone code: 1300

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