State Administered Programs

Within broad limits set by the federal governments, states can vary benefits and eligibility requirements.

Income Providing Programs

State supplement to SSI

States may supplement the federal SSI.

Food Stamps

This is a means-tested program that provides a monthly amount for the purchase of basic food items. It is federal program administered by the states.

Health Insurance: State Medical Programs


Medicaid is a means-tested health insurance program administered by the states.

Benefits may be broader than those of commercial insurance programs or traditional Medicare. They can include items such as prescription medication, transportation, and home-based services. The resource limit varies from state to state but is usually $1500 or $2000.

You can click here for more information on Medicaid.

Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a program administered by the states. It makes health care services available to minor children in families whose incomes are near, but still above, the federal poverty guidelines.


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