Meet the Many Faces of Medicaid

Meet The Many Faces of Medicaid

Meet The Many Faces of Medicaid

You might be surprised to learn who is covered by Medicaid. They may be people you know – loved ones, neighbors or work friends. Read about families and individuals who needed help getting care in the past, or who depend on Medicaid now. They are grateful for the coverage. With regular, sometimes lifesaving care, they are hopeful for the future.

Medicaid is a lifeline and a safety net

At Providence, we believe that health care is a basic human right. More than 20 million people across the seven western U.S. states we serve have Medicaid coverage. They are part of our human family and each one deserves access to care.

For more than 75 million children and adults across the U.S., Medicaid coverage helps keep them healthy or cares for them during vulnerable times of illness.

  • A temporary helping hand: Medicaid often fills the coverage gap for a short time to help people get on their feet.
  • Affordable coverage for working people: Medicaid covers working people who don’t have employer insurance or don’t make enough money to afford private insurance.
  • Covers many working people: Six in 10 adults with Medicaid coverage are working. (not disabled or elderly)
  • Care for veterans: Nearly one in 10 veterans have Medicaid coverage.
  • Coverage for low-income women: In 2014, Medicaid covered more than 25 million low-income women with health and long-term care benefits. More than half of these women work outside the home.
  • Coverage for women who are disabled: One in three women with disabilities are covered by Medicaid.
  • Cares for fragile seniors: Medicaid supports 62 percent of all seniors in nursing homes – our parents and grandparents.
  • Helps seniors and others with Medicare costs: About 10 million seniors and younger people with disabilities, or 1 in 5 Medicare beneficiaries, get help from Medicaid as well.
  • Covers services not available in Medicare: Medicaid covers long-term care in nursing facilities and community care in seniors’ homes, which are not covered by Medicare.
  • Prevents suicide: Medicaid covers more mental health services than any other insurer.
  • Help with addiction: Medicaid provides treatment for four out of 10 people with opioid addiction.
  • Ensures healthy babies: nearly 50 percent of all births are covered by Medicaid.
  • Prevents infant deaths: Medicaid has contributed to dramatic declines in infant and child mortality in our country since the 1960s.
  • Medicaid covers more than 1 in 3 children: Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program cover 39 percent of children in the U.S.
  • Supports vulnerable children: Medicaid covers nearly half of children, about 6 million, who have special health care needs.
  • Helps children with mental health needs: 42 states cover primary care for children’s mental health. More than 3 million children benefit from these services.
  • Care for foster kids: Most foster children depend on Medicaid for their health care.

Medicaid fact sheet

Learn more about:

  • Medicaid across the U.S.
  • Who qualifies for Medicaid
  • Who depends on Medicaid

Download fact sheet

Many states give their Medicaid programs a unique name.

Here are examples from the Western U.S. states that we serve.



Washington State



New Mexico


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