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Public insurance

With public insurance, the government helps pay for your health care. There are three main public insurance programs:

  • Medicare is for people 65 and older.
  • Medicaid is for people who don't make much money or who are disabled.
  • CHIP is for children.

Depending on the state where you live, you may qualify for public insurance even if you did not in the past. The Affordable Care Act proposed a plan called expanded Medicaid. States that are expanding Medicaid are increasing how much you can make and still get Medicaid.

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