Medicaid is combined state and federal healthcare coverage for Americans with low income. Each state has a specific Medicaid program that follows federal requirements. These programs sometimes have names like Medi-Cal or TennCare. Most Medicaid programs include coverage for hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, birthing centers, doctors, midwives, and more. Some state Medicaid programs may have additional benefits as well.
Individuals who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare can benefit from both programs.
Medicare Eligibility: 65 or older OR qualifies due to a disability
Medicaid Eligibility: Low income
If you meet both criteria, you may be dual-eligible.
If you are dual eligible, you may qualify for a Medicare Savings Program that may assist with your Medicare premiums and prescription drug costs. It may also make you eligible for a Medicare Advantage Dual-Eligible Special Needs Plan, a Medicare Advantage plan that may provide additional benefits.