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Medicare and Medicaid

Medicare is a federally funded health insurance program for American citizens and permanent U.S. residents who are 65 years or older. Medicare is the nation’s largest health insurance program, covering nearly 40 million people. Get more information about Medicare.

Medicaid is also federally funded and the nation’s primary health insurance program for low-income and high-need Americans, covering 60 million low-income Americans, including nearly 30 million low-income children, 15 million adults and 8 million non-elderly people with disabilities.1Get more information about Medicaid.

Medicare and Medicaid are administered by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HHS is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

1U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,