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 ways to apply:

  • Fill out an application online at iServe​
  • 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
  • An adult age 19-64
  • A pregnant woman
  • A parent or caretaker
  • A former foster care youth

People with Medicare can qualify for Medicaid in various ways, but not through Heritage Health Adult​. 

Individuals with disabilities who apply for Medicaid may also have to apply for disability benefits. For more information, see the page below:

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:

Enable Accounts - Save Money

Enable accounts offer checking, savings, and investment accounts for people ​who are blind or have a disability who became blind or disabled before age 26. These accounts give participants the ability to save money without it affecting their benefits (up to $100,000). 

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 

599 CHIP

The 599 CHIP program is designed for unborn children of pregnant women who are otherwise ineligible for coverage under Medicaid or CHIP.

For more information, see our 599 CHIP one-pager​. 

​​What if I'm determined ineligible for Medicaid?  

If you are determined ineligible for Medicaid, your application is sent to the Federal Marketplace (​). The Marketplace can assist you with private insurance coverage.