Medicaid Eligibility

Medicaid Related Assistance
Medicaid & Long-Term Care

What would you like to do?

What you need to know

Apply for Medicaid

There are many options for applying:

  • Fill out an application online at
  • Call one of the numbers below to apply over the phone or to request a paper application. Phone lines are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    • (855) 632-7633
    • In Lincoln: (402) 473-7000
    • In Omaha: (402) 595-1178
  • Visit a local DHHS office

Am I eligible for Medicaid?

You may be eligible if you are:

  • 65 years of age or older
  • An individual under 65 years of age who has a disability, or is visually impaired according to Social Security guidelines
  • An individual 18 years of age or younger
  • A pregnant woman
  • A parent or caretaker
  • A former foster care youth

What resources may I have and be eligible for Medicaid?

Some individuals have their income and resources taken into account when they apply for Medicaid. Some resources are not counted, such as:

  • Your home
  • One motor vehicle
  • Property you use to operate a trade or business (such as machinery and equipment)
  • Irrevocable burial fund
  • Resources, in addition to the above, which do not exceed:
    • $4,000 for one-member family
    • $6,000 for two-member family
    • $25 for each additional family member
    • Children age 18 and younger and eligible pregnant women are not subject to a resource test.

For income guidelines, see the following chart:

What type of care is available under Nebraska Medicaid?

For more information, see our list of covered services:

Medicaid Services

What is CHIP?  

The Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, is an expansion of Medicaid for certain children who are without other health insurance and who do not qualify for Medicaid. It provides the same services covered under Medicaid in Nebraska.

CHIP has several benefits, namely:

  • Improved access and continuity of care for children age 18 years and younger
  • Consistent, preventive care
  • Simplify eligibility
  • Improves Medicaid's goal of easier and faster enrollment