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Definition of Medicaid

Medicaid is currently one of two governmental insurance programs. Medicaid, unlike Medicare, is available for low income individuals or individuals who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Claimants who qualify for SSI benefits should generally receive Medicaid, although this is not true for all states, and some states will require applicants to complete a Medicaid application in addition to the SSI application.

States that do not automatically provide Medicaid to SSI recipients include Virginia, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Ohio, Illinois, North Dakota, Indiana, New Hampshire, Missouri, and Minnesota. If you receive SSI in one of these states you must complete a separate Medicaid application, and you will not be guaranteed to receive Medicaid. There are seven states which will automatically give Medicaid to claimants who receive SSI, and these states include Utah, Oregon, Nevada, Nebraska, Kansas, Idaho, and Alaska.

If you have questions about the requirements to receive Medicaid in your state, contact the Social Security Administration or visit the website for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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