How to Find Out If My Medicaid Is Active?

by Matt Knouff ; Updated October 25, 2017

Items you will need

  • Telephone
  • Medicaid card
  • Social Security number, date of birth and other identifying information

Medicaid is a state-operated program funded by the state and federal government in order to provide health care to certain low-income residents, including disabled individuals, pregnant women, children, the elderly and others. A medical provider will typically run a Medicaid eligibility check in order to verify the status of your Medicaid.

Step 1

Obtain your state's Medicaid office contact information from the National Association of State Medicaid Directors website, a link to which is included in the "Resources" section of this article. If you do not have access to the Internet, you can call NASMD at (202) 682-0100. If you have your Medicaid number, skip to Step 3. If you do not, continue to Step 2.

Step 2

Call your state Medicaid office in order to obtain your Medicaid number. If your state has an online search engine for obtaining your Medicaid number, you may utilize it. However, most states do not offer this feature. You will need your Social Security number, date of birth, full legal name and address in order to obtain your Medicaid number.

Step 3

Contact your local or state Medicaid office in order to verify the status of your Medicaid coverage. If you have your Medicaid card, this number is typically listed on the back of the card. If you do not have your card, you may use the number used in Step 2 to verify your Medicaid status.

Tips

  • Obtain information regarding reasons why your Medicaid is not active if you discover that your Medicaid is currently inactive. In many cases, you can file an appeal if your Medicaid was discontinued for reasons such as the Medicaid office losing paperwork that you submitted or determining that you no longer meet the requirements for Medicaid.

About the Author

Matt Knouff is a mental health professional, programmer and freelance writer from Lafayette, Ind. His educational background includes a bachelor's degree in psychology and anthropology from Purdue University and undergraduate certificates in computer science and music production. He has been writing professionally for three years and currently writes for TopTenReviews.com and other online publications.

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