Medicare vs. Medicaid

It's easy to get these two words confused. They sound alike and both have to do with health care, but they mean very different things. The more clarity you can get surrounding both, the better.

Let's get a description of each.

Medicare

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, individuals under age 65 with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD) or ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).

Medicaid

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps low-income individuals and families pay for their medical costs.

Each state has its own rules for eligibility and steps for applying to Medicaid. There are special rules for people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

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