Medicaid Made Simple
Medicaid is a federal health insurance program that helps more than 400,000 low income children, disabled, and elderly people in West Virginia. Medicaid is a very complicated program that is often hard to understand. The WV Center on Budget and Policy Priorities recently released a report entitled Medicaid Made Simple
. The report is written for policymakers and the public to help them understand who is served by Medicaid and the impact Medicaid has on West Virginia’s Economy.
- Provides health and long-term care for more than 400,000 West Virginians.
- Is primarily a health insurance program for low-income children. More than half of all Medicaid beneficiaries are children. Medicaid ensures that children get screening to catch health and developmental problems early.
- Assures the safety of mothers and babies. More than half of all births in West Virginia are paid for by Medicaid.
- Is a long-term care program for the elderly and people with disabilities. It pays for three out of four nursing home beds and funds the state’s popular in-home care program for the elderly.
- Provides tens of thousands of jobs and adds $2 billion to West Virginia’s economy every year.