Medicaid Application Instructions
Apply online: You can apply online for Washington Medicaid. Click ‘Apply for Services’ and you’ll reach a secure page where you can complete your application. You’ll find step-by-step instructions while filling the application. You don’t have to worry about providing your data online. The application form is provided through a secure internet page and all the data is protected. It will take about an hour to complete the online application process.
Once done, you will be able to manage your account and access various federal and state resources. You will also be able to track your status later through My Account.
Apply in person: You can also apply in person for Washington Medicaid. Just visit your nearest Community Services Office (CSO) and you’ll get all the information and necessary application forms. Use this office finder tool to locate your nearest CSO.
Apply through mail: You can also apply for Washington Medicaid through mail. You will first have to get an application from HCS office or download one.
In order to receive benefits through Washington Medicaid program, you will have to meet different eligibility requirements, such as
You must be a U.S citizen or a qualified alien
You must be a resident of state of Washington
Income and resources eligibility
Individuals and families will have to meet income eligibility guidelines in order to receive benefits through Washington Medicaid.
If you are elderly but not disabled, your income must be 70% or less of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Your monthly income will include earned income as well as unearned income. Earned income is the money you earn before deducting taxes while the unearned income is additional payment your receive through retirement funds, child support, unemployment aid, SSI etc. You will also have to disclose your resources such as bank accounts, real estate and any other resources that you may have. You’ll have to calculate income and resources of your household, meaning of every member living in the household.
Your income eligibility will be determined by a HCS financial services specialist, who will either work in person, through telephone or mail to determine your eligibility.
Determining eligibility through online tool
One of the easier ways to find out whether you are eligible for Washington Medicaid is to use Trial Eligibility Calculator. You get to choose answers to six questions and you see a complete chart of benefits that you can apply. The six factors that the calculator uses are
1- Number of members in the household
2- Number of children living in the household
3- Monthly earned income
4- Monthly un-earned income
6- Payments for child support
After you answer these six questions, you will get a ‘rough’ idea about your eligibility. However, this is just a trail calculator and its results does not mean more than just a ‘trial’. Different programs consider some other factors such as age, disability, and pregnant in order to determine eligibility.
You can use the eligibility calculator in Spanish as well.