The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) runs the Medicaid program to provide medical services to low-income people in a variety of categories, including those over 65, kids, pregnant women, disabled people and others. Medicaid does not provide you money but instead pays some or all of your medical bills — health care providers will bill Medicaid directly.
Whether you qualify for Medicaid is not simple to determine, as you can see from this chart. However, if you are making less than $733 per month as an individual or less than $1100 per month as a couple you will probably qualify. In terms of Medicaid benefits for kids and pregnant women, eligible income levels vary based on income and the size of your household. (The higher the number of people in your family, the higher your income can be and still qualify. For example, a family of 4 may be able to get certain Medicaid benefits on income as high as $4200 per month.)
To apply for Medicaid in Arkansas (or to see if you are eligible), you must visit your local Department of Human Services office. You can download and fill out a Medicaid application in advance here, but you must print it out and bring it with you to the DHS office. In addition to the application, be sure to being the following:
- Proof of your age such as a birth certificate, driver’s license or a birth record from the hospital
- Paycheck stubs for everyone in your household who has a job
- Social Security card
- Letters or forms from Social Security, SSI, Veteran’s Administration, or other sources that show the amount of your income
- Insurance policies, including other health insurance policies
- Bank books or other papers that show the amount of money or property you own
If you have other questions, the Arkansas Medicaid customer service phone number is 1-800-482-8988.