MedPage Today  Jun 16  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by the MedPage Today staff  Jun 16  Comment 
Nevada may become the first state to open Medicaid to all residents.  Jun 15  Comment 
Worries about whether her children can still get the health care they need are never far from Dawn Poole's mind. It's a constant, underlying concern.
NPR  Jun 14  Comment 
Job-coaching and other support services that enable many adults to live in the community instead of institutions will likely be curtailed if the GOP plan to shrink Medicaid becomes law.
Forbes  Jun 14  Comment 
The American Medical Association says caps on spending for patients covered by Medicaid health insurance for the poor hurt patients and medical innovation.
NPR  Jun 14  Comment 
Families with income that varies from month to month can find it hard to maintain enrollment in Texas' Medicaid program. The question is whether the program trims waste or creates more red tape.
NPR  Jun 13  Comment 
The Nevada legislature has passed a bill that would allow anyone without health insurance in the state to buy into the Medicaid program, regardless of income. It's awaiting the governor's signature.
MarketWatch  Jun 13  Comment 
We may effectively wind up just extending Medicaid programs for the poor to those with somewhat higher incomes — an ironic result for those bent on reducing the program, says J.B. Silvers.
MedPage Today  Jun 13  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- Unified in opposition, the AMA remains divided on how to handle the details
New York Times  Jun 13  Comment 
The statement by the influential Republican governor of Ohio could prove significant as Senate Republicans try to find near unanimity on a health bill.


Medicaid is the U.S. health care program for people with limited resources, and it serves low income parents, children, people with disabilities, and low income seniors. It is jointly funded by the states and the federal government and managed by the states. Medicaid is distinctly different from Medicare, which is an entitlement program funded entirely at the federal level and provides health insurance to people aged 65 and older. Medicaid is not an entitlement program, but is instead a needs-based social welfare program in which eligibility is determined by income. It covers a wider range of health services than Medicare and is funded by states as well as the federal government. It is possible to be eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare, and approximately 8.8 million Americans are enrolled in both programs.[1]

The Pharmaceutical Industry depends on Medicare and Medicaid funding for a significant percentage of its revenues. Of the two, however, Medicare's impact on the business of Health Care in America is much greater. The senior citizens of all income levels served by Medicare make up the major target population for most of the pharma industry's drugs. This is not the case for the low income, younger patients enrolled in Medicaid. Certain drugs and treatments, however, do have their revenues tied closely to Medicaid spending - notably HIV and AIDS, where more than half of people living with AIDS are estimated to receive Medicaid payments.

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