What Medicaid Does

For more than 72 million children and adults across the U.S., Medicaid coverage helps keep them healthy or cares for them during vulnerable times of illness.

  • A temporary helping hand: Medicaid often fills the coverage gap for a short time to help people get on their feet.

  • Affordable coverage for working people: Medicaid covers working people who don’t have employer insurance or don’t make enough money to afford private insurance.

  • Care for veterans: Nearly one in 10 veterans have Medicaid coverage.

  • Cares for fragile seniors: Medicaid supports 65 percent of all seniors in nursing homes – our parents and grandparents.

  • Prevents suicide: Medicaid covers more mental health services than any other insurer.

  • Help with addiction: Medicaid provides treatment for three out of 10 people with opioid addiction.

  • Ensures healthy babies: 50 percent of all births are covered by Medicaid.

  • Supports vulnerable children: Medicaid supports special services for millions of children with a disability.

  • Helps children with mental health needs: 42 states cover primary care for children’s mental health.

  • Care for foster kids: Most foster children depend on Medicaid for their health care.