What is covered by Medicaid?

Medicaid is a state-administered program. Each state sets its own guidelines subject to federal rules. Certain services must be covered by the states in order to receive federal funds, such as in- and outpatient hospital services, doctor visits, and long term care services such as nursing home care or community-based care, among others. Additional services are optional and are elected by states. For example, coverage of prescription drugs is an optional state benefit, however, every state and the District of Columbia provides prescription drug coverage to Medicaid enrollees.

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Medicaid is a U.S. government program that helps pay for medical costs and health care for certain individuals, including those with low income and low resources, children, the disabled, pregnant women, the blind and the elderly. ...

Medicaid insurance is jointly funded by the federal and state governments. Each state administers its own Medicaid program, so Medicaid eligibility requirements vary. Learn more about how to qualify for Medicaid and healthcare resources available with expert advice from Sharecare.

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