What Is the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid? – NerdWallet

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Medicare and Medicaid are government-run health care programs meant to serve different populations:

  • Medicare is an insurance program that primarily serves people 65 and older, regardless of income.
  • Medicaid is an assistance program that provides health insurance to low-income people of all ages.

Some people get both Medicare and Medicaid. Medicaid can help pay Medicare premiums, deductibles and copays for impoverished people. Medicaid also can pay for nursing home and other long-term care, expenses that aren’t typically covered by Medicare.

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