Medicaid is a joint state-federal health insurance program for 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 a basic set of services, including hospital care, health care for children, and dental care for children. 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. Find out if you qualify on

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on June 21, 2021


SOURCES: Federal Register.

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