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      General Information

      What happens to you or a family member when you need medical attention? What do you do?


      The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services offers medical assistance through a number of programs for individuals and families. Some of this coverage is free to you, and some requires a small fee. The services provided may include doctor visits, prescriptions, dental care, eye exams and glasses and therapies, to name a few.

      The Medicaid Program is a state-administered, federal grant-in-aid program. Its purpose is to help meet the cost of medical services of those individuals receiving public assistance payments, and those individuals and families with low income. The program objective is to provide a broad range of medical and related services to assist individuals to attain or retain an optimal level of health care.

      The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all individuals to maintain minimal essential health coverage beginning January 1, 2014. Individuals who do not maintain minimal essential health coverage may face tax penalties for noncompliance.

      There are several Medicaid related programs for which DWSS determines eligibility. These programs include family medical groups, children's groups, specialized households, Nevada Check Up and Medical Assistance to Aged, Blind and Disabled (MAABD) groups.