The Health Insurance Association of America describes Medicaid as a “government insurance program for individuals of all ages whose income & resources are insufficient to pay for health care.”
Medicaid in the United States is a joint federal and state funded program.
It’s a means-tested program managed by the states. Currently, each state has broad leeway in determining the eligibility for the implementation of the program.
With over 74+ million low-income and disabled participants, Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical and health related services.
Medicaid recipients MUST be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.
Participants may include low-income adults, their children, and individuals with specific disabilities. Poverty alone does NOT necessarily qualify an individual for Medicaid.
Medicaid offers benefits that are not normally covered by Medicare, such as, for example, nursing home care or personal care services.