Last Updated: 2010-01-13

Medicaid provides medical care coverage for low-income individuals and the elderly, blind, disabled, dependent children and pregnant women. The program offers medical coverage for doctor visits, emergency room visits, hospitalization, prescriptions, medical supplies and equipment, nursing home costs, and home health care. An individual may already be covered by health insurance and could be eligible for Medicaid.

For more information on Medicaid coverage in Virginia, visit the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS).

The four main groups covered by Medicaid are:

  • Low-income children who are US citizens or lawfully admitted immigrants
  • Low-income pregnant women needing coverage during their pregnancy and for their infant
  • Low-income individuals who are aged (over 65), blind or disabled
  • "Medically needy" children with expensive medical care that qualifies their family for coverage.

Children who do not meeting the income eligibility requirement for Medicaid could be eligible for coverage through FAMIS.

To apply for Medicaid, please follow these steps.

  1. Use the Online tool to screen for eligibility.
  2. Complete the Online application
  3. Verify or obtain proof of citizenship.
  4. Submit a written application.

Call 311 for information on the application process or dial Virginia's 24-hour Food Stamp Hotline number at (800)552-3431. You can also visit one of our three Social Services locations for help.

Contact Information:

Social Services
City of Richmond
Marshall Plaza Building
900 E. Marshall St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Customer Care Center: 3-1-1


East Richmond:
East District Center
701 North 25th St.
Richmond, VA 23223-6539
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Marshall Plaza Building
900 E. Marshall St.
Richmond, VA 23219-1538
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South Richmond:
Southside Community Service Center
4100 Hull Street Rd.
Richmond, VA 23224-1745
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