There are two main categories of public benefits: State Benefits and Federal Benefits. These benefits are designed to provide coverage to the largest number of people and provide protections for eligibility gaps left by private insurance. Public benefits only include health coverage and disability coverage. 


State benefits are managed by each individual state, meaning every state offers different programs and has different eligibility criteria. Being eligible for benefits in one state does not mean you will be eligible for the same benefit in another state. Benefits that are available in every state include: 

  • Medicaid
  • Unemployment
  • State Retirement/Disability Systems (Some people pay into these instead of Social Security)
  • State employees
  • Public education employees
  • First responders
  • Police


Federal benefits are managed by the Federal government so eligibility criteria is the same across the country. Federal benefits include: 

  • Medicare
  • Social Security
  • Social Security Disability Insurance
  • Supplemental Security Income


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