If you do not have children, you probably are not eligible for Medicaid. Via Aaron Carroll…..
Generally, Medicaid is meant to cover those at the low end of the socioeconomic spectrum. The government defines poor this way:
Persons in Family 2009-2010 Poverty Level
While you consider the table, remember this amazing fact – a single parent, with a child, who makes minimum wage earns MORE than the poverty level. That’s how low the line is.
Regardless, Medicaid must cover:
Kids under 6 years of age to 133% FPL
Kids 6-18 to 100% FPL
SCHIP upps these to 300% FPL in most states
Pregnant women up to 133% FPL
Parents to 1996 welfare levels
The elderly and those with disabilities who receive SSI
Now, states get to implement things above that as they see fit. But the first important thing to note is that adults without children aren’t mentioned at all. And in most states, they can’t get Medicaid.
Let me say that again – in most states even the poorest adults without children don’t get Medicaid.(Bold mine. Ed.)
And it gets worse. Those 1996 welfare levels can be super low. So low that, for instance, in Alabama a couple with two children making ($2500 original incorrect number. Ed.) $5300 a year doesn’t qualify for Medicaid. Granted, some states are more generous. But in many, parents have to be very, very poor in order to get Medicaid.
Most of the conservatives who write about health care say that they have no problem with the truly needy receiving Medicaid. Would $5300 a year with two kids seem like a reasonable cut off? Why are those without children ineligible at any income level?