Nebraska Medicaid Application Information

The Nebraska Medical Assistance Program (Nebraska Medicaid) is a joint project of the state and the Federal government that provides medical assistance for eligible individuals and members of their households. Once a person qualifies for Medicaid, he/she will receive an ID card that he/she must carry at all times in order to avail of a wide variety of medical services from authorized health providers. Screening and diagnostic services, prescribed medications, nursing home services, psychological and substance abuse treatment are among the services offered by the said program.

The Nebraska Medical Assistance Program aims to provide zero to low-cost health care services for households whose total incomes fall below the poverty level. Once approved, the member will receive an ID card which has his/her name on it as well as the other eligible members of his/her household.

The member must show this identification card to an authorized health care provider in order to get these services:

  • Ambulance or emergency transportation
  • Chiropractic services
  • Dental care and Examination
  • Family Planning Services
  • Hospital and Nursing Home Services
  • Laboratory and X-ray services
  • Psychological and substance abuse services for those who are 20 years old and below
  • Podiatry care and treatment
  • Doctor, nurse or midwife services
  • Prescribed medications
  • Mammograms
  • Physical Therapy and Speech Pathology
  • Vision care
  • Hospital confinement, outpatient and emergency room services

However, Medicaid does not pay for:

  • Private rooms or private nurses inside hospitals
  • Unnecessary medical services
  • Routine treatments in emergency rooms

Medicaid approval is required for special services such as:

  • Organ/ medical transplants
  • Plastic surgery
  • Surgery of the male and female reproductive systems
  • abortion

Click here to view a complete list of services

As a Medicaid eligible member, you have the right to:

  • get proper and timely health care regardless of race, sex, status, etc.
  • be informed about your sickness and the treatment involved
  • discuss with your health care practitioner regarding the confidentiality of your medical records
  • select an authorized health care provider

Eligibility Requirements

Click here to download a PDF with the complete list of eligibility requirements.

The Nebraska Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid) can assist low-income households in paying for certain medical services. You can avail of this program if you are:

  • Parent(s) with dependent children
  • Resident of Nebraska
  • 19 years old and below
  • Expectant mother
  • Aged, Blind and Person with Disability
  • You meet certain income requirementS

Click here for more details about eligibility requirements.

Medicaid Application Instructions

There are several ways to apply for Medicaid:

Via mail/walk-in application

Click here to download an application form. Be sure to fill out all of the fields.

Mail or submit your application in person to:

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services System
P.O. Box 95044
Lincoln, NE 68509-5044

Get application help via phone

Call toll-free 1-800-430-3244 or (800) 383-4278 and ask for an application to be sent to you. You may also view the DHHS locations by county here.

Once you submit your application, a certified Medicaid Eligibility Specialist will carefully review it. Age, citizenship, disability and income limits are among the factors that will determine if you can be eligible for the program. Thus, it is best to bring the documents listed below to prove your identity and source/s of income. You may not need all of the documents listed below. They are just examples of what you need to bring.

  • Proof of Identification: Birth certificates, ID cards, Social Security Numbers, Citizenship or Immigrant status
  • Proof of Income: Pay stubs from employment (includes jobs left within the last 90 days), ledgers and income tax returns from self employment such as farming, child support or alimony, Social Security income, pension, unemployment benefits, interest or dividends, student income
  • Other Sources: checking and savings accounts, stocks and bonds, certificates of deposits, retirement accounts, property owned other than the home you live in, automobiles
  • Monthly Expenditures: - apartment, lot or house rental receipts, water or electricity bills, health expenses including medical insurance, child support payments, etc.