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
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
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
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
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.