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Apply for Medicaid programs

You can begin at any time. Just go to “Apply now” to get started. Or find out if you qualify


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Plan options

To get coverage from Aetna Better Health® of Virginia, you’ll need to apply through Cover Virginia. We cover these plan options: 

Do you qualify for  Cardinal Care? 


Medallion is for low-income and working people or:


  • Families
  • Their children
  • Pregnant women
  • Those in foster care or adoption assistance
  • Non-citizens who meet certain eligibility requirements

You may qualify if you fit into one of these groups. Just use this screening tool to find out. Or apply at the Cover Virginia website


Cardinal Care benefits  

Do you qualify for FAMIS? 


To qualify, you or your child must be: 


  • Under age 19
  • A U.S. citizen or lawfully residing immigrant
  • Able to meet the income requirements 

FAMIS benefits

Do you qualify for Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans? 


You might qualify if you:

  • Have Medicare
  • Have special health care needs
  • Receive help from Medicaid

Check our Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans homepage to learn more.

Get ready to apply

Get ready to apply

You’ll need about 30 minutes to apply. Before you start, you’ll want to have this info ready:


  • Full legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants) — you may need to prove citizenship or immigration status after you apply
  • Employer and income info for everyone in your family from paystubs, W-2 forms or wage and tax statements — or provide your self-employment income (PDF)
  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance
  • Information about any job-related health insurance available to your family

Need help with applying?


Just call Cover Virginia at 1-833-5CALLVA (1-833-522-5582) (TDD: 1-888-221-1590). They can help you Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 7 PM and Saturday, 9 AM to 12 PM. You can also get in-person help near you.


Start here

You can apply: 

Choose a health plan

Choose a health plan

You’ll get a welcome packet in the mail after approval of your application. The next step is choosing Aetna Better Health of Virginia as your health care plan. If you don’t choose a plan, the state will choose one for you. 


Not sure if you qualify?

You can learn more about qualifying.


Just call 1-800-279-1878 (TTY: 711). We’re here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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