Information and Resources on Louisiana Medicaid

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Medicaid FAQ

What Is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a state and federal program that will pay for your medical care. Under expanded Medicaid, over 300,000+ Louisianans are eligible for benefits provided through the Healthy Louisiana system (formerly Bayou Health). Medicaid expansion went into effect in 2016 in Louisiana.

When can I enroll?

Enrollment is ongoing. Please be sure to renew your coverage annually, using your most current income and contact information!

What does Medicaid cover?

  • Doctor Visits
  • Dental Care
  • Hospitalizations
  • Transportation
  • Maternity and Newborn Care
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • Prescription Medicines
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
  • Laboratory Services
  • Wellness and Preventive Care
  • Family Planning Services
  • and more!

Who can qualify for Medicaid?

If you are a US Citizen or a legal resident for 5 years, age 19–64 and your family’s income meets the criteria, you likely qualify for Medicaid:

Enter your household income to see if you’re eligible at

Will I still be able to use the NOMC?

YES! The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and LSU Healthcare Network accept Medicaid. To continue care at the Musicians’ Clinic, indicate LSU Healthcare Network/ Catherine Lasperches as your medical home when choosing a health plan.

What happens if I am an NOMC patient seeking services that Medicaid doesn’t cover?

Don’t worry- you’re covered. At the NOMC, we want to ensure that all patients have access to quality care at low or no cost.

Who does it affect?

Adults 19 – 64 years old who are US citizens or qualified aliens and whose household income falls below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. If you are already enrolled in Medicaid or Medicare nothing will change. The expansion allows for more people to sign up for Medicaid; it currently does not change the benefits or eligibility for people who are currently enrolled in Medicaid, LaCHIP (Louisiana Childrens Health Insurance Program), or Medicare.

Additionally, you are not eligible if you are already enrolled in Medicaid or Medicare. No other requirements need to be met in order to qualify for Medicaid.

  • You do not have to be working
  • You do not have to have dependent child(ren)
  • You will not be subject to an asset test (will not be asked for bank statements, vehicle registration, etc.)

What is “Healthy Louisiana?”

Healthy Louisiana is the new name for Louisiana’s Medicaid program, and it replaces the Bayou Health program that debuted in 2011. Bayou Health referred to a framework of five managed care providers who are under contract with the state to manage the Medicaid program. Those companies will continue to manage care for the new Medicaid expansion program.

The name was chosen to better reflect the Medicaid program’s goal of improving health outcomes among all Louisianians, and was pitched as a catalyst of “reform” for the program by Edwards.

Learn More

For more information about Louisiana Medicaid expansion, visit HEALTHY.LA.GOV or keep up with Medicaid Expansion news on NOLA.COM.

Information on this page was collected from the DHH and Healthy Louisiana website(s).