Medicaid FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Medicaid

What is Mediciad?
Medicaid is a health insurance program that pays medical bills for eligible low-income families and for eligible aged, blind and/or disabled people whose income is insufficient to meet the cost of necessary medical services. Medicaid is run by the States and funded by both the State and Federal government.

Can I have both Medicaid and Medicare at the same time?
It depends. If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the Social Security Administration, you are automatically eligible for Medicaid and often receive Medicare as well. If you receive both Medicaid and Medicare, Medicaid will pay your Medicare premium, co-payments and deductibles. If you have both Medicare and Medicaid, you should show both cards to your medical care provider each time you receive services.

Who is eligible for Medicaid?
Many groups of people are covered by Medicaid. Even within these groups, though, certain requirements must be met. These may include your age, whether you are pregnant, disabled, blind, or aged; your income and resources (like bank accounts, real property, or other items that can be sold for cash); and whether you are a U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted immigrant. The rules for counting your income and resources vary from state to state and from group to group.

Where do I apply for Medicaid?
Individuals qualified for Medicaid can apply at local state welfare offices, State public health departments and State social service agencies.