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Medicaid is government health insurance that helps many low-income people in the United States to pay their medical bills. Although the Federal government establishes general guidelines for the program, each state has its own rules. Your state might require you to pay a small part of the cost for some medical services.

You have to meet certain requirements to be eligible for Medicaid. These might involve

  • Your age
  • Whether you are pregnant, disabled or blind
  • Your income and resources
  • Whether or not you are a U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted immigrant

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services