District of Columbia Medicaid is a joint federal-state health insurance program that provides health care coverage to low-income and disabled adults, children and families. To qualify for DC Medicaid, you must be a resident of the District of Columbia and meet non-financial and financial eligibility requirements. Medicaid covers many services including doctor visits, hospital care, prescription drugs, mental health services, transportation and many other services at little or no cost to an individual. Currently, one out of every three District residents receives quality health care coverage through the Medicaid program.

How to Enroll in Medicaid

You can enroll in Medicaid at any time during the year. To see if you qualify, complete an application for medical assistance through District Direct. Individuals who are eligible for Medicaid will receive an enrollment packet in the mail. If you need help applying for Medicaid or renewing your Medicaid coverage, or have questions about these benefits, call District Direct at (202) 727-5355 / TTD: (800) 877-8339.

Learn more about Medicaid in our FAQs section.

Medicaid Renewal

DC residents enrolled in Medicaid must renew their coverage every year. When it’s time for you or your family to complete a renewal, District Direct and the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) will send you a renewal notice in the mail. Once you receive this notice, complete the renewal by:

  • using; or
  • following the instructions on the form and returning it as soon as possible by mail, in person, or fax.

For more information, go to DHCF's Medicaid renewal information page. If you need help renewing Medicaid, or would like to know the status of your Medicaid benefits or renewal, call District Direct at (202) 727-5355 / TTD: (800) 877-8339.

Learn more about Medicaid renewals in our FAQs section.