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Health Insurance, Medicare & Medicaid

The Connection Between Work and Medicaid


Open to U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, Medicaid is a joint state and federal program that provides medical coverage for low income, needy, and disabled persons. Because it’s tied to the recipient’s income, Medicaid has many facets that are often misunderstood regarding the availability of the program, its relationship to welfare, and whether working individuals can access it.

Who Is Eligible for Medicaid?

Eligibility for Medicaid varies from state to state, and it’s based on your income and how many dependents you have. Contrary to popular belief, Medicaid eligibility is never based on your employment status, so it’s available to working individuals as long as they meet the income and dependent criteria. All you need to qualify for Medicaid is an income below the threshold for your state, meaning you lack the ability to pay for private insurance.

Welfare and Medicaid

Medicaid is often tied to the welfare program known as Aid to Families with Dependent Children, or AFDC. Most recipients of Medicaid through AFDC are single mothers with dependents, whether they’re working or not. To receive AFDC benefits and Medicaid, you must have dependents eighteen and under, U.S. citizenship or residency, and a lack of financial support from the other parent based on disability, incapacity, or continual absence.

Statistics show that up to eighty percent of AFDC benefit recipients are unemployed. Of this segment, eighty-two percent have Medicaid and only fifteen percent have private coverage. Another ten percent of AFDC recipients work, and seventy-three percent of these workers have private medical insurance, while sixteen percent opt for no coverage, and eleven percent enroll in Medicaid.

Medicaid provides an important and vital benefit to the American populace, especially those who don’t have the income to pay for their own health care. Learn more about the perks of the program and others thoughts by visiting SuperSeniorConnection.com.

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