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Medical Assistance, also known as Medicaid, and sometimes referred to as MA, pays for health care services for eligible individuals
The Department of Public Welfare is requesting a waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to begin applying Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI)-based criteria as defined in the Affordable Care Act earlier than the official January 1, 2014 start date.
A Public Notice was posted in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. To view a copy of the Public Notice, click here.
To view a copy of the Draft 1115 Waiver application, click here.
How to Apply for Medical Assistance
There are a couple of different ways to apply for Medical Assistance, please choose the option that suits you. If you do not know if you are eligible, you may still apply.
1. You can apply for or renew your Medical Assistance benefits online by using COMPASS. COMPASS is the name of the website where you can apply for Medical Assistance and many other services that can help you make ends meet.
2. You can also apply for Medical Assistance by contacting your local county assistance office.
3. Or, you can download an application form to send to your county assistance office. If you need help completing the application form, a county assistance office staff member can help you. Click on the link to download an application.
Solicitud para recibir beneficios (Solicitud para recibir beneficios; PDF transferencia directa)
What if I am not eligible for Medical Assistance?
Contact your county assistance office and a trained staff member will determine what programs may be available to you.
Or you may explore these links to learn about additional health care programs available in Pennsylvania.
What kind of care is available through Medical Assistance?