There are significant differences in the way the programs work, who qualifies for them, how much the users pay, what services are covered and how to apply. It’s important to note that older adults with low incomes and younger people with disabilities may be eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare. Often referred to as “dual eligibles,” they have most of their health care costs covered. Visit our Dual Eligibility page for more information.
The information below will define the two programs and guide individuals to what information is most important to them.