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APPLYING FOR MEDICAID 

Where do I go to apply for Medicaid? 
You can apply for Medicaid at several places depending on whether you want to apply for Medicaid only or Medicaid, food stamps and W-2. (W-2 is the work program that replaced the AFDC cash assistance program in Wisconsin. The W-2 program in Milwaukee is run by private agencies.) 

Medicaid and Food Stamps 
You can apply at any W-2 agency where there are county workers available to take your application. You can also apply at numerous "outstations" set up at hospitals, community clinics and agencies and at the county human services agencies. 

Medicaid, Food Stamps and W-2 
You must apply at any W-2 agency if you want W-2, Medicaid and food stamps.  

Medicaid only 
If you only want Medicaid, you can apply at the county human services agencies, at the W-2 agencies, or at the "outstation" sites. 

Call 1-800-362-3002 for more information about the Medicaid application sites.  In Milwaukee call 1-888-947-4600.

What do I need when I apply? 
To apply for Medicaid, you must have: 

  • Proof of income (e.g. a check stub from your employer.)
  • Social Security card.
  • Two forms of identification, including a picture ID. 
  • Proof of residence. (For example, utility or phone bills or a rent receipt, unless you are homeless.)
  • This is called verification. You will be given a date by which to bring in these papers. A caseworker should not ask for information that is not necessary to process your case. 

    Note: You cannot be denied the right to apply for Medicaid because you do not have a birth certificate for yourself or for a member of your family. A birth certificate is only one of several documents you can use to prove your age, identity, relationship, etc. Other acceptable documents include baptismal certificate, hospital birth records, passport, family bible, school records, etc. If you were born in Wisconsin, your caseworker can get your birth information from the computer. Also, if you had a prior open case, the birth certificate information can be obtained by your caseworker from your previous case file. If you were born outside of Wisconsin and you need to provide a birth certificate, you must be given time to send for your birth certificate from your state of birth. 

    If you have trouble getting the verification, your caseworker must help you get it. You cannot be denied Medicaid if you cannot get the verification. Also, if you have verified something once you cannot be made to verify it again, unless there is a change. Only if you refuse to provide verification can you be denied Medicaid. 

    How long will it take for me to get Medicaid? 
    The law says that the county agency must process your Medicaid application within 30 days. If you are denied you will get a notice of denial with information about your right to appeal. 

    Once I have become eligible, how long will I continue to get Medicaid? 
    You are now required to have a review every 12 months to see if you continue to be eligible for Medicaid. The food stamp program requires a review every three months. If you are a food stamp recipient, a review for food stamps will count as a review for Medicaid also. Medicaid will no longer require a face-to-face review. 
     
     

     
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