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DC Medicaid and Medicare

DC Medicaid

DC Medicaid is a healthcare program that pays for medical services for qualified people. It helps pay for medical services for low-income and disabled people. For those eligible for full Medicaid services, Medicaid pays healthcare providers. Providers are doctors, hospitals and pharmacies who are enrolled with DC Medicaid.

Where do I apply for Medicaid?
You may apply for Medicaid for low-income families and children under 19 and pregnant women at your DHS Service Center. You may call (202) 727-5355 to locate your nearest DHS Service Center. 

Medicare

Medicare is a federal government health insurance program for people age 65 or older. Certain people younger than age 65 can qualify for Medicare, too, including those who have disabilities and those who have permanent kidney failure. The program helps with the cost of health care, but it does not cover all medical expenses or the cost of most long-term care.  The program is administered through the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Medicare has four parts:

  1. Hospital Insurance - helps pay for inpatient care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (following a hospital stay), some home health care and hospice care.
  2. Medical Insurance - helps pay for doctors’ services and many other medical services and supplies that are not covered by hospital insurance.
  3. Medicare Advantage - plans are available in many areas. People with Medicare Parts A and B can choose to receive all of their health care services through one of these provider organizations under Part C.
  4. Prescription Drug Coverage - helps pay for medications doctors prescribe for treatment.

Toll-free: (800) MEDICARE or (800) 633-4227
TTY: (877) 486-2048

Website: medicare.gov