Medicaid is a means-tested government program intended to provide healthcare services to people who cannot afford to pay for care privately. Medicaid is available to people of all ages and is commonly used by lower income families to get necessary medical services. Many people who are disabled also rely on Medicaid throughout their lives to provide for payments for costly medical treatments.
Medicaid also may be the only source of coverage for nursing home care for people at all income levels, so even the wealthy could come to rely on Medicaid if they must go into a nursing home. Because Medicaid imposes income and resource limits, anyone with significant income or with substantial assets will need to talk with an attorney to find out if there is a way to qualify for Medicaid coverage if nursing home care becomes necessary.