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Medicare Road map: What’s the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?

Alice Gomstyn By: Alice Gomstyn

Not sure how Medicare and Medicaid are different? You're not alone. These two government-funded health insurance programs have similar names and offer overlapping benefits, so it's easy to get confused. But there are key differences between the two, and whether you qualify for one, the other, or both, it's helpful to know what makes each program unique. Here are the key differences between Medicare and Medicaid:

Infographic comparing Medicare and Medicaid
Infographic comparing Medicare and Medicaid

It's important to understand the ins and outs of government-funded health insurance plans and make sure you're getting the most of the plan or plans you're eligible for. Learn more:

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About the author

Alice Gomstyn is a veteran parenting blogger and business reporter. She is an admitted sugar addict but plans to cut back on the sweet stuff and load up on veggies like never before. Bring on the broccoli!

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