Medicaid and indigent care issue brief: Medicaid: eligibility: year end report-2003
Issue Brief 2003: 1-26
Medicaid provides health insurance coverage to low-income children, parents meeting specific income thresholds, pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities. In 1999, Medicaid provided health care insurance to approximately 32 million low-income Americans. However, in that same year, 42 million Americans had no health insurance at all. In order to reduce the number of people without health insurance, states have expanded or clarified their eligibility standards to allow more people to enroll in Medicaid and other medical assistance programs.