How to Find Out Medicaid Application Status

Although Medicaid is a federal program, it is run at the state level. Eligibility requirements and benefits can vary depending on where you live. Applications are accepted online, over the phone, through the mail or in person at your local Medicaid office. If it's your first time applying for Medicaid, you'll usually need to submit documents confirming your identity and complete an interview with your caseworker either over the phone or in person. When your application is finished processing, you'll receive a letter in the mail awarding or denying you Medicaid coverage.

Mail Notification

Allow enough time for your notification by mail. Applications for Medicaid take up to 30 days to process. Even if your application is denied, you'll receive a letter in the mail stating why you are ineligible for Medicaid.

Check Online

Log onto your Medicaid account. If your state accepts online Medicaid applications, you can typically view the status of your application online as well. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website at CMS.gov provides a contact database to search for your state's Medicaid website. If you don't have an account, you'll need to register by providing your personal information and creating a user name and password. Once you set up an account, go to your account page to check the status of your application.

Call Your Local Office

Call your Medicaid office. Your state may offer an automated service that provides updates 24 hours a day. If you can't get the information you need, speak to a caseworker. Although having your case number on hand can help the caseworker look up your case, it's not mandatory. You'll need to provide your full name, Social Security number, address and phone number reported on your Medicaid application.

Inquire in Person

Visit your local Medicaid office to inquire about the status of your application. You can find a local office at Medicaid.gov. Bring photo identification along with you, such as a driver's license or state-issued ID card, so the caseworker can confirm your identity.