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Medicaid: How to Apply

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It is always in your best interest to speak with an attorney about your case. If you cannot afford an attorney, a legal aid organization may be able to represent you for free or at reduced cost. However, certain restrictions apply and they may not be able to take your case. You may also qualify for reduced-cost legal services through the LSBA's Modest Means Directory. You also have a right to represent yourself, and there are diverse services available to help you learn more.

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How to Apply for Medicaid

There are several ways you can apply for Medicaid or get more information:

  • Apply now or renew coverage for any Medicaid program by visiting the Louisiana Medicaid Online Application Center.  Once you submit the online application, it is sent immediately to the Medicaid office for processing, and there is no delay for mailing or faxing a paper form. Apply or renew online.
  • Call the Medicaid hotline toll free at 1 (888) 342-6207 for help applying.
  • Contact any Medicaid application center statewide. 
  • Download and print a Medicaid application and then mail or fax it to Medicaid at:
    • Mailing: P.O. Box 912, Baton Rouge, LA  70821-9278
    • Fax: 1 (877) 523-2987
  • Contact your local Medicaid office for help applying. 


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