How to Apply for a Medical Card in Kentucky

The medical card in Kentucky is a small plastic card with a magnetic strip, similar in size to a credit card. This important card is issued to all Medicaid participants for use when receiving medical care. This includes doctor visits, pharmacy prescriptions or hospital care. A card is issued to each individual who is eligible, including children. To apply for Medicaid contact the local department for community based services office in your county.

How to Get a Kentucky Medical Card

Locate the local office in your county with the office search function available online at Choose the correct county from the drop down menu and hit enter. A list of local offices will be displayed. Each office has specific specialties. Choose the one that indicates medical support.

Gather all necessary documentation before scheduling an appointment to apply for Medicaid and receive a medical card. The required documentation to apply on behalf of children includes the following: social security number for the adults and child, drivers license or other proof of identity, birth certificate, health insurance card (if applicable) and proof of income. Proof of income can be a W-2, pay stubs or a tax document indicating income from the previous year. If applying for an unborn child a report from a doctor with the expected date of delivery is required. Adults applying on their own behalf must also bring the last three months of bank statements, checking or savings account statements, life insurance policies, and documentation of any stocks and bonds they have.

Contact the correct office to arrange an appointment to complete the application and provide all the necessary information. Bring all necessary documentation to this appointment. The caseworker will help complete the application and submit it for review. Once the application has been approved a health card will be issued.

Take the card to any medical appointments and when getting prescriptions filled. Show the card to the pharmacist or doctor at each visit.


  • Do not throw away the card. Store the card somewhere safe if Medicaid coverage is lost for any reason. The individual will need the card if he or she becomes eligible for Medicaid coverage again.