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How to get Kentucky Medicaid or KCHIP | Step-by-Step Instructions | Primary Purpose Recovery

Many people find themselves seeking healthcare coverage at difficult times in their lives. Illness or need come unexpectedly and we all need help in these times. Follow the steps and instructions below to enroll for Kentucky Medicaid Medical Assistance or Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) quickly and easily. 

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Who is Eligible for Kentucky Medicaid or KCHIP?

Kentucky Medicaid and Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) provide health coverage for eligible low-income residents of Kentucky,  including:

  • children

  • low income adults

  • parent and caretaker relatives

  • pregnant and postpartum women

  • the elderly (age 65 or above)

  • people with disabilities

​The Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) is free health insurance for children younger than 19 without health insurance. Prescriptions, well-care checks and immunizations, hospital stays, provider and dental visits, mental health services, glasses and vision care, speech and physical therapy are covered through KCHIP.

Gather the following information before applying for Kentucky Medicaid or KCHIP:

  • Employer and income information: household monthly income, pay stubs and W-2 forms 

  • Social Security numbers or document numbers for each household member applying 

  • Date of birth for each household member applying for coverage  

  • Immigration info, if it applies

  • Photo ID

  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance  

  • Proof of income and proof of expenses for child care or disabled adult living at home

Kentucky Medicaid & KCHIP | Are You Elegible? | Pre-Enrollment Screening

Follow this link to find a Pre-Enrollment Screening assessment, to determine immediately if your household is eligible for KY Medicaidor KCHIP. You will also find potential health, food, financial assistance for families with children, child care assistance and Health Insurance Premium Payment Program which helps pay for certain employer sponsored insurance (ESI) health premiums. 

How to Apply for Medicaid (Medical Assistance) & KCHIP in Kentucky | Step-by-Step Guide

There are 4 ways to apply for Kentucky Medicaid Assistance and KCHIP. You can apply online, over the phone, via printed application mailed, faxed or hand delivered to your local DCBS office, or in person. 

Lets break down each process, so that you will know what to expect.

  1. Apply for Kentucky Medicaid Online | KYNECT | What is KYNECT?

Kynect is a self-service portal used by the Commonwealth to provide assistance benefits from a variety of programs including Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP), Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), and Kentucky Integrated Health Insurance Premium Payment (KI-HIPP) Program.

Kynect health coverage is a self-service portal used to provide assistance for Qualified Health Plans with or without payment assistance. 

  1. Following this link to KYNECT

  2. or get in touch with a Kynector (who will help with your KY Medicaid application).

Pro Tip! Consider creating a Kentucky Online Gateway Profile (COG) before applying for Kentucky Medicaid. While you can get coverage without a COG account, a COG account gives you more control over your medicaid benefits once you are approved. It also lets you personalize your medical experience with a fully customizable dashboard.

  1. Apply for Kentucky Medicaid or KCHIP by Phone

Call 1 (855) 306-8959 to speak with a caseworker and get help going through your application over the phone.

  1. Apply for Kentucky Medicaid & KCHIP by Printed Application

Print out the Medicaid/KCHIP application and mail, fax, or hand deliver it to your local DCBS office. You can find printable applicationsfor both Medicaid and KCHIP below:

  1. Apply for Kentucky Medicaid or KCHIP In-Person

Visit your local DCBS office to speak to a representative about getting enrolled in Kentucky Medicaid. For more information about any step of this process, visit, or, or call 1-877-524-4718.

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How to Get KY Medicaid or KCHIP | A Step-by-Step Guide | Primary Purpose Recovery

Getting Medicaid coverage may seem complex, but following these step-by-step instructions will certainly make the process faster and easier. Feel free to reach out to Primary Purpose Recovery with any questions about paying for Drug and Alcohol Recovery with Medicaid coverage. We are here to help.

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