Basic requirements for coverage
You must be a resident of Massachusetts to get MassHealth or other health care benefits that are funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
You meet the residency requirements if:
- You live in Massachusetts and either intend to reside in Massachusetts, with or without a fixed address, or have entered Massachusetts with a job commitment or seeking employment
You do not meet the residency requirements if you are visiting Massachusetts:
- For personal pleasure, such as vacation, or
- To receive medical care in a setting other than a nursing facility
Citizenship or immigration status
When deciding if you are eligible for benefits, MassHealth also looks at your citizenship or immigration status. To get MassHealth coverage, your U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status must be verified. If you do not provide this information, you may be considered for fewer benefits. For more details about U.S. citizenship and immigration rules, see the Senior Guide to Health Care Coverage.
Generally, MassHealth looks at the income and assets of both you and your spouse. Income and assets rules differ for each type of MassHealth program. For more information, see Eligibility Figures Tables for MassHealth Applicants and Members.
Categories of coverage
MassHealth offers different types of coverage based on whether you are:
- 65 years of age or older and need personal-care-attendant services in order to live at home
- Living at home and you do not need long-term care
- Living at home and you need long-term services and supports under a Home- and Community-Based Services Waiver, or
- In or waiting to go into a long-term-care facility
For detailed information about each of these programs, see The Senior Guide for Health Care Coverage.
If this information does not apply to you, please go to the Individuals, Families, and People with Disabilities page.