FAQ: UNDERSTANDING THE APPLICATION PROCESS

How do I apply for Medicaid?

You must submit an application to the DFR.  This process depends on what county you live in. Go to Find My Local DFR Office and select your county.  Follow the directions on how to apply for your county.

What information do I need to know/take with me to apply for Medicaid?

For all the people in your household you will need to know:

  • Names and dates of birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Income from jobs or training
  • Benefits you get now (or got in the past) such as Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), veteran's benefits, or child support
  • Amount of money in your checking account, savings accounts, or other resources you own.
  • Monthly rent, mortgage payment, and utility bills
  • Payments for adult or child care
  • Health coverage and/or medical benefits you currently have

Where is my local DFR office?

Go to Find My Local DFR Office and click on the county where you live to find your local Division of Family Resources office.

Where is the online application?

To find the online application, click on Apply for Benefits.

How long will it take to get my Medicaid?

Once you submit your application, it will take approximately 45-90 days to find out if you are eligible, depending on what program you apply for.

How do I keep my benefits?

Your membership in any Medicaid program will need to be renewed on a regular basis, typically each year.  You will be contacted by mail when it is time for you to renew your enrollment.   It is important for you to respond to all mail you receive regarding your coverage.  If you re-enroll on time, you will not experience any break in program services.  If you do not re-enroll, you may have a break in coverage or lose your coverage.

If you have a change of address or phone number, it is critical for you to inform your DFR case manager or contact your local Division of Family Resources so that you will receive important notifications.

What is open enrollment?

The Hoosier Healthwise program has an open enrollment period.  Open Enrollment means that you will remain enrolled in your chosen health plan for a one-year period so long as you remain eligible for Hoosier Healthwise. This gives your health plan an opportunity to improve the care it provides.  With open enrollment you can only change your health plan at certain times during the year.