Apply for Medicaid

You should submit an application for Medicaid even if you are not sure you are eligible. Income guidelines can be found under Medicaid for children (Medicaid Programs). Generally, children are eligible for Medicaid if the household income is below 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) 

In order to be eligible for Medicaid for children, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Live in Idaho
  • Be a child under the age of 19
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Meet certain income guidelines (Medicaid Programs)
How do I apply?
Apply online
  • Be prepared to provide the following information with the application:
    • ID card
    • Household income
    • Housing costs
    • Current monthly expenses
    • If applicable, immigration status
Apply by phone or in person

Interview

Apply by mail, email or fax
  • Then apply by either:
    •  Email: MyBenefits@dhw.idaho.gov
    •  Fax: 1-866-434-8278 (toll free)
    •  Mail: Self Reliance Programs, PO Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0026
  • Be prepared to provide this information with the application:
    • ID Card
    • Household income
    • Housing costs
    • Current monthly expenses
    • If applicable, immigration status
After application submission
  • After submission, application processing may take up to 45 days.
  • We will let you know if additional documentation is needed.
  • Other Medicaid programs (EPSDT, Katie Beckett, YES, and Children's Developmental Disabilities) require additional forms to be completed. 
  • After your applications is approved, a Medicaid Benefits Plan will be chosen for you.

File an Appeal

Your Rights to Appeal or Request a Fair Hearing

This page explains how to file an appeal for an eligibility decision for public assistance programs.