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What Is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a government program that has been instituted to help ensure that the poor are able to get the quality health care that they need. It is Medicaid’s mandate to give medical care to the indigent and to children and pregnant women who live under the poverty level. The institution receives funding from both the various states and also from the federal government.

Medicaid was officially established in 1965, which is also at around the time Medicare was founded. Medicaid was formed in order to give assistance to low income families in terms of good health care for everyone in the family. Medicaid also provides care to individuals who are living under the poverty level set by the federal government. Medicaid assists in hospital and doctor’s visits, prenatal care, drugs, emergency room treatments and other kinds of treatments.

Medicaid is also responsible for children of low income families who are under the age of 6, pregnant women who have low income, people who receive Supplemental Security Income, adopted and foster children, groups that fall under special protection, children who are under the age of 19 and whose family live below the poverty level, and also Medicare beneficiaries as stated by individual state guidelines. People who are in welfare are usually assigned a social worker and these professionals usually inform the families about their Medicaid eligibilities. Additionally, medical professionals like doctors can also inform patients about their eligibility for Medicaid. Medicaid has proven to be a big help to many people although it is also an embattled institution because it is quite expensive to operate it.

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