What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?
While Medicaid and Medicare sound similar, they are in fact very different programs. Medicaid is a federal and state government program and Medicare is a federal government only program. Medicaid is for low income: pregnant women, children under the age of 19, people 65 and over, blind, disabled and people who need nursing home care.
Medicare is for people 65 and over, disabled individuals of any age and those who have kidney failure or long term kidney disease.
The Medicare publication, What is Medicare/Medicaid, provides additional information.