Can You Have Both Medicare And Medicaid?
If you’re 65 or older and meet your state’s income requirements for Medicaid, you can sign up for both Medicare and Medicaid. Together, they offer more comprehensive health coverage at a lower cost.
What Is A Dual Eligible?
Dual eligibles are people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid coverage. If you’re enrolling in Medicare at 65 and qualify for financial assistance, you can sign up for Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage as a dual eligible. You get the healthcare coverage you need while also getting help for additional healthcare costs.
If You Have Medicare And Medicaid, Which Is Primary?
While Medicare is the primary payer for medical needs, Medicaid can cover costs that Medicare coverage does not. When you visit a provider that takes both Medicare and Medicaid, Medicare pays first for the cost of your care. Medicaid pays second, covering copays and other costs not covered.
If you qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid, you’re likely eligible for the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program, one of four Medicare Savings programs. With the QMB program, you’ll get help with Part A and Part B premiums, coinsurance, and deductibles.
What Are The 4 Parts Of Medicare?
- Medicare Part A and Part B, also known as Original Medicare, cover most of the inpatient and outpatient medical needs of beneficiaries.
- Part C (also known as Medicare Advantage) and Part D (prescription drug coverage) are available through private insurers and provide coverage beyond what is included with Part A and Part B.
What Does Medicare Part A Cover?
Medicare Part A is your hospitalization insurance. Medicare Part A includes: