What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?

Medicare and Medicaid are both government programs designed to assist in providing health insurance. The main differences are as follows:

  • Medicare is a national, federally run program that is based on age qualifications. If you are over 65 years old, or under 65 with a disability, you are covered by Medicare regardless of how much money you make. 
  • Medicaid is a state-run program that is based on income qualifications. In other words, if you have a low income, the state will provide health insurance.

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