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Medical Assistance

The District of Columbia offers medical coverage to low income residents through Medicaid, Alliance and DC Healthy Families programs. More information about these programs can be found on the DC Department of Health Care Finance website. See the Frequently Asked Questions about Medicaid Renewals.  

Assistance with medical insurance just got a little easier!  The Department of Human Services made some important changes to the application process for Medical Assistance. The choices depend upon what you are applying for; you may be eligible to apply through the District’s new online healthcare marketplace called, DCHealthLink.com

There are now three (3) different applications and different ways to apply for Medical Assistance based upon your eligibility category:

  1. Application Form for Coverage with Financial Assistance for Individuals
  2. Application Form for Coverage with Financial Assistance for Families
  3. Combined Application for Benefits Form

To Apply For Retroactive Medicaid

If you and/or a household member need retroactive Medicaid coverage to pay for medical bills from the past 3 months, you must complete, sign, and return the Retroactive Medicaid coverage form.

To Decline Medicaid Health Coverage

If you and/or other members of your family have been determined to be eligible for Medicaid health coverage through DC Health Link but you choose to enroll in a private health insurance plan instead, you have the right to decline your Medicaid health insurance coverage.  You must complete, sign and return the Request to Decline Medicaid Health coverage to DC Health Link.  

Note: If You Decline Medicaid Coverage, You Will Not Be Eligible For Financial Assistance For Your Private Health Coverage On DC Health Link.

To Apply For DC Health Care Alliance

The Health Care Alliance is a locally funded program that includes a range of health care including primary care services, doctor visits, prescription drugs, dental services and wellness programs.

To be eligible for the Alliance, you must be:

  • A resident of the District of Columbia
  • Have no other health insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare and
  • Meet a certain income threshold.

To apply, you must complete the Combined Application for Benefits and have a face-to-face interview. For more information about the Alliance, go there.

Apply for Reimbursement for Eligible Out-of-Pocket Expenses

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