Medicare and Medicaid are very different. Medicaid is a federal program for
low-income, financially needy people, set up by the federal government and
administered differently in each state.
Eligibility for Medicare, also a federal program, is not tied to individual
need. Rather, it is an entitlement program; you are entitled to it because you
or your spouse paid for it through employment or self-employment taxes.
Click here to see a chart which summarizes the differences between the two programs.
Medicare and Medigap