Medicaid - Insurance for poor people

Medicaid is the state and federal partnership that provides health coverage for selected categories of people with low incomes. Its purpose is to improve the health of people who might otherwise go without medical care for themselves and their children. Medicaid is different in every state.

Is Medicaid different from Medicare?

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people who are age 65 or older or disabled. It is administered by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Eligibility for Medicare is not based on the person's income or assets.

Medicaid Eligiblity (For Florida)

Medicaid eligibility in Florida is determined either by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) or the Social Security Administration. DCF determines Medicaid eligibility for:

Low income families with children
Children only
Pregnant women
Non-citizens with medical emergencies
Aged and/or disabled individuals not currently receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

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