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Medicaid is a state-run health insurance program that pays for a broad range of medical services for people with low income and resources. Basic services include doctor visits, inpatient and outpatient hospital services, lab tests, x-rays, medical transportation, family planning services, nursing facility services, home health, and nurse practitioner services. Medicaid also administers the federally funded Medicare Savings Program.

Can people with Medicare also have Medicaid?

People who have Medicare can also receive Medicaid, if they meet the eligibility criteria. These people are often called “dual eligible” or “duals.” Medicaid can cover Medicare co-payments, deductibles, and services not covered by Medicare that may be available in the Medicaid program, such as vision, hearing and dental care.

To make an appointment with an enrollment specialist, call the Council on Aging of Buncombe County at (828) 277-8288

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