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Medicaid is a United States government program originally intended to help the poor pay their medical bills. Sometimes it works that way, but there are many cases of reasonably well off people who are eligible for medicaid and some cases of people in desperate need who are not eligible for medicaid.

Most applicants for medicaid can be divided into categories. People over sixty five are classified OAA, which stands for Old Age Assistance. There is another category for medicaid applicants who are disabled. Certain allowances are also made for pregnant women and young children and single parent families, for whom the rules are somewhat more complex. Someone who is single without children would fall into the home relief category if they don't fit into any other category, which makes eligibility by far the most difficult.

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