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Federal Benefit Program: Medicaid


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The Medicaid Program provides medical benefits to low-income people who have no medical insurance or have inadequate medical insurance. The Federal government establishes general guidelines for Medicaid benefits. However, specific eligibility requirements to receive Medicaid benefits, as well as the type and scope of services provided, are determined by the States. A person who is eligible for Medicaid in one State may not qualify in another. Check with the Medicaid office in your state.


Medicaid is a joint Federal/State program administered by each individual state. Each State develops its own rules related to eligibility and coverage within broad Federal guidelines.

Eligibility Criteria:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a US national, citizen or permanent resident in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, have a child or children with a disability, or be responsible for children under 19 years of age.

Responsible Federal Agency:

Program Contacts and Information:

To find out whether you are eligible to receive Medicaid benefits, contact your state Medicaid office website. For general information about the Medicaid program, including eligibility requirements, visit: http://www.medicaid.gov/

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