What is Medicaid?
Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps people with limited income and resources pay their medical costs. Medicaid was started in 1965 with the idea that everyone deserves to be in good health, even if they are unable to pay for medical care right now. Medicaid is intended to benefit children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, and elderly needing nursing home care.
Mandatory Medicaid Coverage
While every state administers its own Medicaid program, there are certain mandatory requirements set by the federal government that each state must meet. These required services include:
- Inpatient and Outpatient hospital services
- Physician services
- Children’s vaccines
- Prenatal care
- Family planning services and supplies
- Laboratory and x-ray services
- Pediatric care
- Family nurse practitioner services