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What Is Medicaid?

Medicaid is program run jointly by the state and federal government which assists people in covering medical expenses. It is a government insurance program to help people with insufficient funds to cover their medical expenses. As it covers over 74 million Americans for free, Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical and health related expenses for people in the United States.

What Does Medicaid Cover?

Generally, Medicaid covers a broad level of health services. It covers doctor’s visits, hospital visits, transportation to medical care, nursing home care and personal care services at home. Medicaid does cover in-home care.

How Do I Know If I Qualify for Medicaid?

To be eligible, person must be a resident of the state they are applying for Medicaid in, they must be a citizen of the United States or a qualified non-citizen such as a lawful permanent resident, and meet one of a few requirements. Medicaid helps parents, seniors 65 and older, blind people, and disabled people. If you do not fit in one of those categories you do not qualify. In addition, there is a maximum pre-tax income level based on household size.

Household Size* Maximum Income level (Per Year)
1 $16,146
2 $21,892
3 $27,637
4 $33,383
5 $39,129
6 $44,874
7 $50,620
8 $56,365

*Household over 8 people, add $5,746 per person.

For More Information:

If you have more questions or have inquiries about special circumstances, please follow this link: http://www.dmas.virginia.gov