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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:

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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:

Aetna Medicare
Aetna Medicaid

* To learn more, visit https://www.aetnamedicare.com/en/understanding-medicare/medicare-advantage-right-for-you.html.

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!

Disclaimers

Aetna Medicare is a HMO, PPO plan with a Medicare contract. Our SNPs also have contracts with State Medicaid programs. Enrollment in our plans depends on contract renewal.

See Evidence of Coverage for a complete description of plan benefits, exclusions, limitations and conditions of coverage. Plan features and availability may vary by service area.