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Medicaid is a government health insurance program available to people with very limited income and resources. Medicaid does not pay money to you. It sends payments directly to your health care providers. Medicaid can pay for medical services in your own home or if you live in a residential care facility that takes Medicaid residents.

Learn more about how to apply for Medicaid.

A booklet is available with more detailed information about Medicaid and other topics related to long term care. Read the booklet Medicaid and Options for Long-Term Services for Adults (PDF document) online or order a free, printed copy (DSHS 22-619).

The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) HelpLine provides free help to people of all ages with questions about health insurance, health care access, and prescription access. Contact the SHIBA HelpLine.

Estate Recovery

By law, the state may be paid back for Medicaid or state-funded, long-term care services a person received before he/she died. Learn more about Estate Recovery.

Reference Materials

If you are interested in taking an in-depth look at the regulations, policies, procedures, and laws governing Washington State‚Äôs Medicaid program, there are two ALTSA procedure manuals available for review.   Please note their primary purpose is for staff and it is not necessary to read them to apply for Medicaid.