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Medicaid: Health Coverage for the Nation’s Most Vulnerable People

Medicaid is designed to provide health coverage for our nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families. Medicaid makes it possible for millions of children, parents, pregnant women, people with disabilities and seniors to get the health coverage they need to get healthy and stay healthy.  And now, more low-income adults are eligible for Medicaid than ever before as a result of the Medicaid expansion, implemented with federal support provided through the Affordable Care Act.  

Medicaid’s affordability is critical to millions of beneficiaries who are employed, but do not have health coverage through their jobs and do not earn enough to purchase coverage on their own.  Many Medicaid beneficiaries have special health care concerns and the program generally provides a benefit package that addresses their needs.

Medicaid covers a large share of certain populations, including nonelderly, families and children, and nursing home residents.

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