Just for pregnant women? Nope! Surprising things you might not know about Medicaid

(BPT) - Health care is essential for everyone throughout their life. To further equity, improve outcomes and increase access, it is important people are able to get the care they need when and where they need it. However, the American health care system can be complex. Medicaid is a government-sponsored program to help provide low and often no-cost health coverage to those who qualify, but a recent study found there is confusion around what Medicaid is and who it supports.

When many people think of Medicaid, they think of low-income pregnant women and babies. What you may not know is Medicaid covers 1 in 5 Americans — everyone from children, those living with a disability and low-income elderly. Here are some additional misunderstandings about Medicaid from the experts at UnitedHealthcare:

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