What Is the Age Limit for Medicaid?


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On the federal level, Medicaid is available to qualifying Americans under 65 years of age. Access and eligibility was expanded by the Affordable Care Act of 2010, but not all states accepted the expansion.

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Individuals under the age of 65 are eligible for Medicaid if they meet requirements laid out by federal law and confirmed or expanded by state law. The national Medicaid minimum eligibility level is 133% of the federal poverty level, and many states have expanded coverage beyond the federal minimum. Individuals must also meet requirements for residency and immigration status.

Americans over 65 are covered by Medicare. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits are automatically enrolled in Medicare and receive a Medicare card three months before their 65th birthday.

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