Cardinal Care
Virginia's Medicaid Program
Department of Medical Assistance Services

How to apply for Medicaid

Virginia Medicaid accepts applications for health coverage year-round. You can choose from three different ways to apply:

  1. Apply online at
  2. Call the Cover Virginia Call Center at 1-833-5CALLVA (TDD: 1-888-221-1590) to apply on the phone Mon - Fri: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sat: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  3. Mail or drop off a paper application (available in English and Spanish) to your local Department of Social Services (mailing may take longer than other methods of applying). Find your nearest local Department of Social Services.

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Cover Virginia

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Detailed information about Virginia’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs for children, pregnant women and adults as well as information about health insurance options available through the Federal Marketplace.

Virginia DSS

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Check eligibility and apply for Medicaid using Virginia CommonHelp provided by the Virginia Department of Social Services.