We’re often asked questions about the difference between Medicaid and Medicare. Given their similar names, this confusion is completely understandable. Medicaid is a joint program between the federal and state government. Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older. Individuals can enroll when they turn sixty-five and don’t have to meet any specific financial rules to qualify. The two main parts of Medicare are designated as Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) helps pay for inpatient care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (following a hospital stay). Part A also pays for some home health care, and hospice care. Medicare Part B (medical insurance) helps pay for services from doctors and other health care providers, outpatient care, home health care, durable medical equipment, and some preventive services. The nursing home coverage that’s available is very limited, which is why Medicare pays for less than ten percent of that form of care in the United States.