Information and Resources on Louisiana Medicaid
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 new Healthy Louisiana system (formerly Bayou Health). Medicaid expansion went into effect July 1,2016 in Louisiana
When can I enroll?
Enrollment is ongoing and began June 1,2016.
What does Medicaid cover?
- Doctor Visits
- Dental Care
- 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 is less than the amounts below, you likely qualify for Medicaid:
You can enter your household income to see if you’re eligible here
If you think you qualify for Medicaid, APPLY TODAY!
In Person: NOMC Patient Navigator Megan McStravick (3700 St. Charles Ave., 2nd Floor)
By Phone: 1-888-342-6207 or 504-452-5870
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. Do not have to be working Do not have to have dependent child(ren) Will not be subject to an asset test (will not be asked for bank statements, vehicle registration, etc.)
If I have coverage through GNOCHC or Take Charge Plus do I need to apply for Medicaid expansion coverage?
People enrolled in GNOCHC or Take Charge Plus do not need to apply for Medicaid expansion coverage. Those eligible for Medicaid expansion coverage will get a letter from Medicaid telling them they will have full Medicaid effective July 1. Some Take Charge Plus enrollees will not be eligible for expanded Medicaid, but will retain their Take Charge Plus benefits. All GNOCHC enrollees will be enrolled in expanded Medicaid.
***Note to GNOCHC enrollees: With the medicaid enrollment auto-enrolling GNOCHC patients, you will likely be assigned a new Primary Care Provider. Please remember, if you wish to remain with the NOMC as your medical home you have 90 days (starting July 1st) to switch it back to the NOMC. To do this, call and indicate LSU/ Catherine Lasperches of the NOMC as your Primary Care Provider.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at 504-415-3514.
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.
*Information on this page was collected from the DHH and Healthy Louisiana website(s).