What does Medicaid mean?

Medicaid is offered in most states to claimants who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Medicaid is a medical insurance program designed for low income individuals. Medicaid is funded by both the state and Federal Government.

Seven states do not require a separate Medicaid and SSI application. These states include Utah, Oregon, Nevada, Nebraska, Kansas, Idaho, and Alaska. Eleven other states have Medicaid requirements which are not the same as SSI, and claimants must fill out a separate application for Medicaid. In these states SSI recipients do not automatically receive Medicaid. These states include Virginia, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Ohio, Illinois, North Dakota, Indiana, New Hampshire, Missouri, and Minnesota.

Talk to the SSA about your eligibility for Medicaid or visit the website for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, for information about how the Medicaid program is administered in your state.

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