Not at all. I see that it might come off as a bit confusing. The word is that certain Medium owned publications pay around $200 to accepted authors; usually, it comes with an agreement that if the article earns more, you’ll get paid more. But Medium changes daily, and being on the lookout for what is coming next is always good.
These publications include Elemental, Forge, GEN, Zora, etc.
You can usually pitch to them through email. (A lot of information on pitching online.) But the rejection rate is staggering. These publications typically have professional editors.