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What are Medicaid and ARKids First?

Medicaid is a program that helps pay for medically necessary medical services for low-income Arkansans. It uses state and federal money to pay for those services. DHS runs the Medicaid program in Arkansas. Medicaid and Medicare are different programs. Medicare is federal health insurance for people aged 65 and older, and for some people who have a disability.

ARKids First is health insurance for children. ARKids First has two programs: ARKids First-A and ARKids First-B.

When you fill out the ARKids First application, you can apply for both programs. DHS will decide whether you qualify for either program.

What If You Have Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

SSI is for some people who are age 65 and older. It is also for some adults and children who are blind or have a disability.

If you can get SSI, you will get Medicaid. But if you lose your SSI benefits, you might also lose your Medicaid benefits.

Call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or visit your local Social Security office for more information.

Who Can Get Full Medicaid Benefits?

It depends on how much money you make, how much property you own, your age, and your situation. Most people who can get Medicaid are in one of these groups:

Learn more about Medicaid benefits here.

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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