Many of our readers in Atlanta probably know someone, a friend or family member, who is covered by Medicaid for their medical expenses. However, some people don't know much else about this government-run program. Do you know the basics about Medicaid?
Well, for starters, it is important to understand that Medicaid is a health insurance program for Americans who have a low income. As our readers can guess, that means that there are financial eligibility requirements in order to qualify to be covered by Medicaid. But, unlike some other federal government programs, like Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits, Medicaid is a program that is administered by each individual state. Thus, each state can set their own financial requirements to qualify for Medicaid coverage.
Another important point to understand about Medicaid is that it is a different program from Medicare, although the two are oftentimes confused. While Medicaid is designed to help low-income Americans, Medicare is designed to benefit older Americans who have reached retirement age.
Medicaid coverage can be an important lifeline for many Georgia residents who have medical needs, but who may not have the income or assets to pay for those needs. While Medicaid does help millions of Americans, it is, like many other government programs, somewhat complicated to understand due to the many rules and regulations that apply to the program. Any Atlanta resident who may want to learn more about how they could benefit from Medicaid coverage could reach out to a law firm that is familiar with this program for more information.