State Programs

In addition to programs operated jointly with the federal government, many states 100% fund and operate their own programs to expand access to residents.

General Assistance - Medical Aid Programs

Many state programs target individuals with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford private coverage. For a comprehensive list of all state-funded medical assistance programs, see Table 8: General Assistance Medical Assistance Programs, in the discussion paper, State General Assistance Programs 1998, Urban Institute, Gallagher, et al., 1999

Examples include:

Pharmaceutical Assistance

Many states offer assistance to low-income residents specifically to cover the cost of needed medications. A state-by-state program descriptions complied by the National Conference of State Legislators is available at



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