What is Medicaid?
Medicaid is a joint federal-state health program that provides health care coverage to approximately one in five Wisconsinites, including children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, older adults, and low-income adults. Nationally, Medicaid provides health coverage to almost 75 million Americans.
Who does Medicaid help?
5.7 million people live in Wisconsin and Medicaid provides health care coverage for 17% of the population, which is a little over 1 million people. The majority of people who access health care services through Medicaid are children under the age of 19. In WI Medicaid or CHIP covers:
What services does Medicaid provide?
Medicaid provides access to important services that help children and families stay healthy:
- Primary care services, mental health and substance abuse services, x-rays and lab diagnostics, inpatient and outpatient hospital services, dental services
- Children in WI Medicaid are also eligible for HealthCheck, which ensures that children receive appropriate health and developmental screening and are then guaranteed treatment for any issues that may arise.
Why is Medicaid Important?
Medicaid has been in existence for over the past 50 years, and coverage through the program has increased and improved access to:
Why is Medicaid a Good Investment?
Kids who have Medicaid:
Non-Elderly Adults With Medicaid:
People with Disabilities & Seniors with Medicaid:
- Receive long-term care services that they need to live in their own homes and in the community, which prevents more expensive nursing home and institutional care
- Care participated in programs that support their work ability, so they can have a job and pay taxes without losing their long term care
- Have access to nursing home and institutional care when necessary