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.