What is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a program created under the Social Security Act.  The act created a joint federal and state medical assistance program for the aged, blind and disabled. 


Recipients under the Medicaid program do not receive payments directly from the government.  Instead, if an individual qualifies for Medicaid, the payments are made directly to his or her health care provider, such as the doctor, hospital, nursing home, pharmacy, medical testing facility, or dentist.