Medicaid is a health care program that provides coverage for a variety of services. Because Medicaid programs are funded jointly by states and the federal government, the administration of Medicaid benefits and eligibility to receive coverage tend to vary from state to state.
According to estimates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, more than 75 million people are enrolled in Medicaid.
Who is covered by Medicaid?
Every state’s Medicaid program covers a wide range of services that is dependent on a person’s age, financial circumstances, family situation, living arrangements and more.
To be eligible for Medicaid, you must be a resident of the state you reside in; a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien; in need of health care and have an annual household income below a certain specified amount.
In addition, only the following groups are eligible for Medicaid:
- Pregnant women
- Older adults
- Adults without children
- People with disabilities
- People with limited income and assets