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Medicaid

The federally- and state-supported, state-operated public assistance program that pays for healthcare services to low-income people, including older adults or disabled persons who qualify. Medicaid pays for long-term nursing home care and some limited home health services, and it may pay for some assisted living services, depending on the state. It is the largest public payer of long-term care services, especially nursing home care. Each state can determine the breadth and extent of what services it will cover above a certain federally required minimum.

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