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To be eligible for Medicaid, you must meet the requirements for an eligibility group that your state covers under its Medicaid program. We can define an “eligibility group” as people who have certain common characteristics, such as being aged or disabled, and who meet certain common requirements, such as having income and assets below certain levels. There are many different eligibility groups in the Medicaid program, and each one has its own set of requirements. States are required to cover some groups, but have the option to cover or not cover others.

Regardless of the specific eligibility group, though, you must meet two types of requirements to qualify for Medicaid.

  • General requirements
  • Financial requirements

Once you qualify for Medicaid, you will have to meet additional functional requirements to qualify for long-term care services.