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Medicaid is available in all 50 states, although the eligibility rules (including the amount of time you can spend out of state before losing benefits) vary widely from state to state.
A general idea of what to expect when traveling can be found in our article, A Warning for Medicaid Beneficiaries Traveling Out of State. We explain what to do in medical emergencies and how to get preapproval for potential care. It’s best to understand the rules or limitations before you go and if you regularly visit neighboring states.
If you’re moving, you can contact your state's Medicaid agency directly to figure out how soon you need to apply for Medicaid in the new state, discuss pre-authorization for treatment during the transition, and hopefully avoid any interruption in care or benefits.
Anyone who has been through the Medicaid application and approval process before knows it can be lengthy and confusing without the help of a professional. Guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services is free but you may have to spend some time waiting for your appointment and gathering the necessary medical and financial information.