Medicaid is an assistance program that pays medical service providers for medical services rendered to eligible individuals. The Medicaid eligibility determination consists of an evaluation of an individual's situation that compares each of the individual's circumstances to an established standard.
Non-citizens who meet other eligibility requirements such as income and have an eligible immigration status may qualify for free or low-cost health coverage from Virginia Medicaid. Children under age 19 and pregnant persons who are lawfully residing immigrants and meet other eligibility requirements may also qualify.
In the past, Green Card holders (lawful permanent residents) with 5 years or more of residency in the United States had to show proof of 40 quarters (10 years) of work history to qualify for health coverage from Virginia Medicaid. Starting April 1, 2021, Green Card holders (permanent residents) with 5 years or more of residency in the United States do not need to show proof of work history to qualify for Virginia Medicaid.
Medicaid is established under Title XIX of the Federal Social Security Act and is financed by state and federal funds. Virginia law provides that the Medicaid program be administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services. Determination of eligibility for medical assistance is the responsibility of local departments of social services (in the City of Alexandria, this is the Department of Community & Human Services) under the supervision of the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS). Exception: VDSS carries direct responsibility for the determination of eligibility of certain patients in Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
For information about eligibility and to apply for medical assistance, visit Common Help.
To contact the City of Alexandria, Department of Community & Human Services, call 703.746.5700.
The Social Services fax for submitting documentation is 703.746.5985. Please include a case number and/or case worker name.