Medicaid provides low-cost health insurance to people who cannot afford to buy it on their own, including children. Medicaid covers many health care services, including:

  • Doctor's office and health clinic visits
  • Laboratory and X-ray services
  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital care
  • Emergency care
  • Family planning services
  • Nursing home care
  • Prescription drugs
  • Dental services
  • Health screenings for children and treatment if medical problems are found
  • Eye care for children

Some services are free for everyone with Medicaid coverage. These include:

  • Emergency care
  • Family planning care
  • Pregnancy-related care
  • Preventive care for children

Additional services are free for certain people with Medicaid coverage, such as children and pregnant women.

If you earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but can't afford to buy health insurance, your children may qualify for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) .