Medicaid: Largest Public Health Insurance Program Covers 1 in 5 Americans
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – known as Kidcare in Florida – provide free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
Even though Florida hasn’t expanded Medicaid to cover all people below certain income levels and you may not qualify based on income alone, you should apply for Medicaid because Florida still has coverage options for children, pregnant women and those with disabilities.
If you qualify, coverage begins right away as there’s no limited enrollment period for Medicaid or Kidcare.
EFOF’s licensed healthcare navigators can help you apply for Medicaid or Kidcare through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call our toll-free number 877-553-7453 to make an appointment.
Medicaid is the country’s public health insurance for low-income children, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities. The program covers 1 in 5 Americans, including many with complex and costly needs for medical care and long-term services, including seniors in nursing homes. Most people covered by Medicaid would be uninsured or underinsured without it.
Cuts to Medicaid would hurt rural Floridians – and children in particular, because 57 percent of Florida’s rural and small-town have Medicaid. Under reforms to the Affordable Care Act being considered, there could be a more than $900 million cut to Medicaid funding over the next decade, according to a recent report by the Urban Institute.
Learn more about applying for Medicaid here: https://www.healthcare.gov/medicaid-chip/getting-medicaid-chip/