Pennsylvania Medicaid

Information on Pennsylvania Medicaid Program

Pennsylvania Medicaid provides medical coverage to eligible needy persons for Pennsylvania  residents.  The purpose of Medicaid in Pennsylvania is to improve the health of people in Illinois who might otherwise go without medical care for themselves and their children..  Medicaid is both funded by the Federal and State cooperative working together.

Primary health services funded through Medicaid are physician, hospital and long term care. Additional medical coverage includes drugs/prescriptions, medical equipment and transportation, family planning, laboratory tests, x-rays and other medical services.

The mission of the program is to improve the health of Pennsylvania residents by:

  • Emphasizing health prevention
  • Promoting continuity of health care
  • Providing a medical home for Medicaid recipients
  • Ensuring that each recipient can receive high quality, comprehensive health care services within the recipient’s community

Do You Qualify for Pennsylvania Medicaid?

To qualify for Medicaid Pennsylvania:

  • you must be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania
  • a US national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien,
  • in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, a parent or relative caretaker of a dependent child(ren) under age 19,
  • blind, have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, or be 65 years of age or older.


Pennsylvania Medicaid Application Process:

To apply for Medicaid, contact the County Assistance Office in the county where you live. Phone numbers and addresses of local offices can be found at the DPW website and in the blue pages of the phone book.

You should apply even if you are not sure that you are eligible. Phone numbers and addresses can be found at:


For more information on Pennsylvania Medicaid:

For questions concerning the Pennsylvania Medicaid program, contact the Welfare Helpline at:1-800-692-7462

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