Medicaid is a joint state-federal program that covers the health costs of people with low incomes. To qualify, your income must be below a set amount. Before the Affordable Care Act became law, the program was mostly for low-income families with children, pregnant women, the elderly with a lot of medical needs, and people with disabilities.
Medicaid covers different services in each state. But every state includes basic services, including hospital care, health care for children, and dental care. You may have to pay a small fee for Medicaid coverage and services, depending on the state you live in.
Even if you did not qualify for Medicaid in the past, you may qualify under the Affordable Care Act. In more than half of states, people with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level will now be eligible for Medicaid.