What is Medicaid or MassHealth?

Medicaid is a health insurance plan that is supported by the government. In Massachusetts it's called MassHealth.

  • All states have their own versions of Medicaid plans.

  • They are for people with low income or people with disabilities.

  • You have to qualify based on your income, but the guidelines are different if you have a disability.  (A person with a disability can qualify with a higher income.)

  • MassHealth covers things like doctor's visits, medicines, and hospital stays. But it also offers special services to people with disabilities.

If someone in your family has a disability, they can get very good benefits with Medicaid. 

Some examples of MassHealth services:

  • Tests or assessments 

  • Special treatments or therapies

  • Special equipment or devices that help your family member communicate, move around, or do the normal things any other person can do

  • Hiring a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) to help with self care activities

  • Diapers for anyone over 3

Even if you have private insurance, you may also be able to get Medicaid as a "secondary insurance" for a family member with a disability.

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