50% of Americans are on government insurance or government provided care!

Government insurance programs

The largest government insurance programs include

Other government programs include

  • State Children’s Health Insurance Program: This program was designed to help provide coverage for uninsured children when their family's income was below average but too high to qualify for Medicaid. The federal government provides matching funds to states for health insurance for these families (see also InsuredKidsNow.gov).

  • Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: This program coordinates funding and resources to provide care to people with special health needs (see also Children with Special Health Care Needs—Maternal and Child Health Bureau's of the Health Resources & Services Administration)

  • Tricare: This program covers about 9 million active duty and retired military personnel and their families (see also TRICARE—Defense Health Agency (DHA), a component of the Military Health System).

  • Veterans Health Administration (VHA): This government-operated health care system provides comprehensive health services to eligible military veterans. About 9 million veterans are enrolled (see also Veterans Health Administration—U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs).

  • Indian Health Service: This system of government hospitals and clinics provides health services to about 2 million American Indians and Alaskan natives living on or near a reservation (see also Indian Health Service—The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives).

  • The Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Program: This program allows private insurers to offer insurance plans within guidelines set by the government, for the benefit of active and retired federal employees and their survivors (see also The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program—U.S. Office of Personnel Management).

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): This agency within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services leads public health efforts to advance the nation's behavioral health (see also SAMHSA.gov).

  • Refugee Health Promotion Program: This program provides short-term health insurance to newly arrived refugees (see also Refugee Health Promotion Program (RHP)—U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children & Families Office of Refugee Resettlement).

Overall, about 35% of the population is covered by government insurance or government-provided care.