Definition of Medicaid in US English:


proper noun

  • A federal system of health insurance for those requiring financial assistance.

    • ‘The worst year was 1960, before Medicare and Medicaid were established.’
    • ‘Addressing the challenges facing Medicare and Medicaid will be far more difficult.’
    • ‘And much of that is going to come out of your own pocket unless you qualify for Medicare or Medicaid.’
    • ‘In the USA most health facilities are privately funded, apart from Medicare and Medicaid.’
    • ‘Medicare and Medicaid, on the other hand, are better at paying for mental health.’


1960s: from medical + aid.