Insurance Programs

Medicaid & Long-Term Care

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What's the difference between Medicaid and Medicare? What about those other programs? Find out below.​


What is Medicaid?

Medicaid is also called the Nebraska Medical Assistance Program. It uses state and federal funding. The program provides services to those that cannot pay for medically necessary services. These services include:

Check your eligibility: visit or call (855) 632-7633

What is Medicare?

Medicare is a health insurance program for:

  • People 65 years or older
  • People with certain disabilities
  • People with end-stage renal disease


What is Medicare Part A?

Once certain conditions are met, a government program that provides coverage for:

  • Inpatient care in hospitals, critical access hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities
  • Hospice care
  • Some home health care


What is Medicare Part B?

A government program that provides coverage for:

  • Doctor services
  • Outpatient hospital care
  • Other medical services, like physical therapy or occupational therapy
  • Some medical supplies


What is a Medicare Advantage Plan?

It is also known as Medicare Part C. It is an optional private insurance plan that provides extra benefits like:

  • Vision coverage
  • Dental coverage
  • Hearing coverage
  • May provide prescription drug coverage
  • Some medical supplies


What is Medicare Part D?

An optional private insurance program that provides that provides prescription drug coverage. Plans vary in cost and what drugs are covered. If a person does not join when eligible, there may be a late enrollment penalty.

How do I choose the right Medicare plans for me?

The Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) provides information and counseling to eligible individuals.   

Find a local SHIIP representative: visit: or call: (800) 234-7119



 State Unit on Aging 
Medicaid & Long-Term Care / Department of Health & Human Services
Phone Number
(402) 471-2307
Fax Number
(402) 742-8388
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026