Medicaid - How to Apply

Medicaid is a state and federal program that provides health care for eligible low-income residents including children, families, pregnant women, the aged and the disabled.​ Applying for Medicaid is easy and can be done in-person, by phone, or online. 

Medicaid contracts with the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) to handle the application process. To apply, you can go to a DCBS office in the county where you live or call (855) 306-8959 toll-free. You also can apply online using kynect or with the help of a kynector. If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone, call DCBS at (855) 306-8959.


Medicaid COVID-19 Response Information

Individuals may apply for Medicaid only by calling the Kentucky Healthcare Customer Service line toll-free at (855) 459-6328 or contacting an application assister through the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange website.

Apply for all public assistance programs by visiting the kynect website or by calling the DCBS Call Center toll free at (855) 306-8959.

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Federal Poverty Level - A measure of income issued every year by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Federal poverty levels are used to determine your eligibility for certain programs and benefits including savings on Marketplace health insurance and Medicaid and CHIP coverage.