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The Medicaid program helps certain groups of low-income people with payments for health and medical care. The local Social Service agency in the county where you live takes applications and determines eligibility or you can go to the Medicaid website for additional information.
The Department of Medical Assistance Services pays the bills to providers. Medicaid is divided into three basic programs: Families and Children; Aged, Blind and Disabled; and Long Term Care.
Medicaid is different from Medicare. Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people who are age 65 or older or disabled. It is administered by the Social Security Administration.
FAMIS is a Health Insurance Program for uninsured children under age 19. You may request FAMIS by calling the FAMIS Central Operation Center, at 1-866- 87FAMIS, or by submitting the FAMIS/Medicaid application to your local Social Service Department. Additional information about Medicaid, FAMIS, and Medicare may be found at http://www.famis.org .
State and Local Hospitalization
State/Local Hospitalization provides direct payment to hospitals for individuals who are unable to pay for required medical services.