What Is Medicaid?

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

There can be some confusion between the Medicaid program and the Medicare program, and in California, Medi-Cal enters the picture. We will endeavor to provide some answers in this blog post. Need-Based Health Insurance Medicaid is a need-based health insurance program. It is jointly administered by each state government along with the federal government. The individual states have some leeway with regard to the exact way that the Medicaid program is administered. In California, the Medicaid program is called Medi-Cal. If you can prove that you have sufficient financial need, you may be able to qualify for Medi-Cal coverage. Medicare is also a government health insurance program, but eligibility is not based on financial need. You obtain eligibility for Medicare through the accumulation of retirement credits. You accrue these credits when you pay taxes throughout your working career. Elder Law Implications We practice within the areas of estate planning and…

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