How Health Benefits Work

Next Steps

Learn more about Medicaid

Apply for Medicaid

You can apply for Medicaid:

You can apply for SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP), and other programs at the same time. A quick online pre-screening process lets you see which programs you might qualify for.

For help with your application, visit or call your local Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) office or contact the Call Center at 1-855-306-8959.

Note: If you get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you automatically get Medicaid coverage and do not need to apply separately.

Learn more about Medicare

Learn more about employer-sponsored coverage

To learn more about employer-sponsored coverage, talk to your employer’s Human Resources department. It will know about the specifics of the health coverage options it offers.

Learn more about individual coverage

  • Visit kynect, which has a lot of great information introducing your options.
  • Call kynect at 1-855-459-6328, 1-855-306-8959, or 1-800-627-4720 (TTY).
  • Get local help from kynect.
  • To get an idea of what your premium might be, check out kynect's pre-screening tool.

Get help with prescription drug costs

The Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program KPAP) helps you find free or low-cost presecription drugs that are available through programs offered by drug manufacturers, discount drug programs, and discount pharmacy programs. Learn more about KPAP. To find a KPAP site near you, call 1-800-633-8100.

Benefits Planning Services

If you're currently on SSI, SSDI, or CDB benefits, and you're looking for a job, a trained Benefits Planner can help you avoid complications when you are working on a job plan for your future. For questions or guidance specific to your situation, you can speak to someone at the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday from 8:00AM - 8:00PM EST.

View DB101's full list of experts who can help you understand different benefits.

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