Medicaid

What is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources.
Medicaid may also cover services not normally covered by Medicare (like long term supports and services and personal care services). Each state has different rules about eligibility and applying for Medicaid. If you qualify for Medicaid in your state, you automatically qualify for Extra Help paying your Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D).

You may be eligible for Medicaid if you have limited income and are any of these:

  • 65 or older
  • A child under 19
  • Pregnant
  • Living with a disability
  • A parent or adult caring for a child
  • An adult without dependent children (in certain states)
  • An eligible immigrant

In many states, more parents and other adults can get coverage now. If you were turned down in the past, you can try again and may qualify now.

When you enroll, you can get the health care benefits you need, like:

  • Doctor visits
  • Hospital stays
  • Long-term services and supports
  • Preventive care, including immunizations,mammograms,colonoscopies, and other needed care
  • Prenatal and maternity care
  • Mental health care
  • Necessary medications
  • Vision and dental care (for children)

You should apply for Medicaid if you or someone in your family needs health care.  If you aren’t sure whether you qualify, a qualified caseworker in your state can look at your situation. Contact your local or state Medicaid office to see if you qualify and to apply. To get information about your state’s Medicaid program, visit HealthCare.gov/do-i-qualify-for-medicaid.

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