Medicaid is Pennsylvania’s health insurance safety net. It provides health and long-term care services to low income children, families, persons with disabilities, and the elderly. In Pennsylvania, the Medicaid program is called Medical Assistance and is administered by the Department of Public Welfare (DPW). To qualify for Medicaid, a person must meet financial requirements and fit into a certain group or category. While children on Medicaid get all medically necessary health care benefits, the benefits available to adults vary depending on the person’s eligibility category. (Find out if you are eligible for Medical Assistance by using PHLP’s online “Quickscreen” tool.)
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