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.