Find South Carolina Medicaid Office locations. Medicaid Offices provide information on how to apply to the Medicaid insurance program and application eligibility/qualifications and income requirements, Medicaid providers (centers, doctors, and dentists), options and benefits.
A Medicaid Office refers to a government agency that administers the Medicaid program and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Medicaid is a health insurance program for low-income individuals and families, as well as certain high-risk populations, including low-income nursing home residents and people with disabilities. CHIP provides health coverage to some children whose families are ineligible for Medicaid. Medicaid and CHIP are administered and funded jointly by the federal government and state governments. At the federal level, the programs are administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). States administer the programs through a Department of Health Care, Department of Social Services, Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Human Services, or similar agency. Approximately 75 million individuals are enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP.
Depending on the state, eligibility for Medicaid is based either on income alone or on a combination of income, household size, family status, and other factors. States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act use a uniform income eligibility standard that makes anyone with income up to 133% of the federal poverty level eligible for Medicaid. States that have not expanded Medicaid maintain more flexibility in setting eligibility criteria, and eligibility tends to be more restrictive. In addition to meeting eligibility requirements, applicants must have a Social Security number or be a lawfully present immigrant. A waiting period may apply for lawfully present immigrants, though some states may waive the waiting period for children or pregnant women.
Enrollment for Medicaid is open year-round. Applications for Medicaid and CHIP may be made at a field office of the state agency that administers the programs. In some states, applications may also be accepted at a county human services agency. Applications can also be submitted online through a state's health exchange or the portal to the Affordable Care Act website. As part of the application process, applicants need to provide Social Security numbers, proof of citizenship or alien status, identification that verifies residence, income verification, information regarding assets, bank statements, and copies of medical and life insurance policies.