The Difference between Medicare and Medicaid in the United States.
Medicare and Medicaid are government healthcare services for the old, disabled and poor in the United States.
Medicare in the US.
Medicare is federal health insurance for people 65 or older, and some people under 65 with certain disabilities or conditions.
People with Medicare pay part of the costs through things like monthly premiums for medical and drug coverage, deductibles and coinsurance.
Medicaid in the US.
Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps cover medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. The federal government has general rules that all state Medicaid programs must follow, but each state runs its own program. This means eligibility requirements and benefits can vary from state to state.
People with Medicaid usually don’t pay anything for covered medical expenses, but may owe a small co-payment for some items or services.
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