Medicaid—More People Now Qualify

Medicaid is the nation’s primary program for providing individuals and families at lower income levels with health insurance. Depending on where you live, eligibility for Medicaid may be expanding so that more people qualify for benefits. Even if you haven’t qualified before, you may qualify now.

Each state runs its own Medicaid program and decides what services to offer. If you qualify and enroll, you won’t have to pay a tax penalty.

Medicaid provides coverage for a range of benefits, including:
Doctor visits
Emergency care
Hospital care
Prescription drugs
Long-term care
Preventive care for children

What Does This Mean For Me?

If you are eligible for Medicaid in your state, you can receive health insurance through Medicaid.

It’s up to you to have health insurance for you and any eligible dependents by January 1, 2014. If you do not have health insurance on and after that date, you may owe a tax penalty based on your income and family status for every month you are without coverage.     

What Do I Need to Do?

Check to see if you qualify for financial assistance through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Are you eligible for “R”Us benefits?

  • If you are, you do not qualify for financial assistance from the federal government through the Health Insurance Marketplace because you are eligible for the Toys“R”Us health plan, which provides comprehensive, affordable coverage.
  • If you aren’t, the Health Insurance Marketplace in your state will help you see if you meet the requirements to qualify for financial assistance. You can find out more information about the marketplaces at, the website sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Check to see if you qualify for Medicaid.

Check the Medicaid website in your state. State Medicaid contact information can be found at

  • If your household income is below the cut-off, you may qualify for Medicaid.
  • If your household income is more than the cut-off, you do not qualify for Medicaid.

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