What is Medicaid?

Created in 1965, Medicaid is a public insurance program that provides health coverage to low-income families and individuals, including children, parents, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities.

It is funded jointly by the federal government and the states, and each state operates its own Medicaid program within federal guidelines. As a result, Medicaid eligibility and benefits can vary widely from state to state.

In order to receive federal funding, states must cover:

Medicaid has historically played an important role in state and federal responses to public health emergencies, including natural disasters, disease outbreaks and others, such as the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Its enrollment expands to meet rising needs during an economic downturn, when people lose their jobs and job-based health coverage.

Most recently, Medicaid played a key role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Important Facts About Medicaid:

Medicaid is sometimes confused with Medicare the federal health insurance program for people over 65 and some people with disabilities.

While these programs have distinct differences there is overlap between the two programs: nearly 10 million low-income seniors and people with disabilities are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid.

We know that Retirement Security is the number one issue that our members care about. Affordable health care and prescription drugs is a close second.

That is precisely why we are calling on Congress to raise or eliminate the debt ceiling with no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid.

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