The words “Medicare” and “Medicaid” are so similar it’s easy to be confused. They are both government programs and both help people pay for health care. But they are two completely different programs. The main difference is that Medicare is generally for people over the age of 65 or those with disabilities.

Medicaid is for people with limited income and resources. The Federal government governs Medicare and State governments govern Medicaid. You can call your State Medical Assistance office to see if you qualify for Medicaid.