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Medicaid provides medical benefits to low-income individuals and families. Although the federal government establishes the general rules for Medicaid, specific requirements are established by each state. In Louisiana, over a million residents receive health care coverage through Medicaid, most of whom are children under 19. The Louisiana Medicaid Program operates within the state Department of Health and Hospitals.This LibGuide will provide:

  • basic information about Medicaid in Louisiana;
  • basic information on the process of applying for Medicaid; and
  • resources for additional information and services.

What this libguide cannot do:

  • provide a full and complete guide to Medicaid; or
  • Replace the advice of an attorney. 

Applying for Medicaid or appealing a Medicaid rejection is a common legal issue and does not always require a lawyer. Some people can apply or appeal without professional assistance.  The purpose of this guide is to give general information, and make it easier to apply or appeal.

This libguide is still in development and the information is not guaranteed to be accurate. For additional resources and/or to find assistance in your parish, visit


The Legal Education and Assistance Program (LEAP) is a project sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association, with the support of the Louisiana Library Association, the Law Library of Louisiana, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Acadiana Legal Services, and Legal Services of North Louisiana. LEAP aims to provide support and assistance to public librarians throughout the state by providing them with the tools to help their patrons with their legal questions. LEAP understands that librarians are prohibited from providing legal advice, but instead helps them provide legal information, including referrals to attorneys.