Medicaid for Parents and Caretakers

Medicaid is a healthcare program for low-income people. If you care for a child already getting Medicaid, you might be able to get Medicaid for yourself.

To get Medicaid, you must be a related caretaker for a child who has Medicaid, see list below. The child must live with you and be age 17 or younger or age 18 and attending school full time.

You must also meet the income guidelines for the program, see below.

Apply for Medicaid

Services Covered by Medicaid

  • Regular checkups to the doctor and dentist
  • Medicine and vaccines
  • Hospital care and services
  • X-rays and lab tests
  • Vision and hearing care
  • Access to medical specialists and mental health care
  • Treatment of special health needs and pre-existing conditions

These services are provided by health plans. If you get Medicaid, you will choose a plan from the ones available in your service area.

Are You a Related Caretaker?

To qualify, you must be a related caretaker to a child who already has Medicaid. Being a related caretaker means you are:

  • A parent or step-parent.
  • A sibling or step-sibling.
  • A grandparent.
  • An uncle or aunt.
  • A nephew or niece.
  • A first cousin or the child of a first cousin.

Income Guidelines for Medicaid

Your income is the money you get paid before taxes are taken out. Find your family size on the table below. If your monthly income is the same or less, you might get Medicaid.

Family size

One Parent

Two Parent













For each additional person, add: