MedPage Today  Jul 5  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- Can nursing homes survive?
Clusterstock  Jul 4  Comment 
Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare constitute a massive proposed change to Medicaid. Medicaid is a government program that insures lower-income people. Polls show US voters would not embrace some of the proposed changes to the program,...
MarketWatch  Jul 3  Comment 
Cuts will cascade just as baby boomers age into need for nursing home care.
New York Times  Jul 3  Comment 
Some have mistaken correlation for causation in trying to defend G.O.P. health care approaches.
New York Times  Jul 2  Comment 
Read about how the other side thinks: Writers from across the political spectrum on the health care debate and the news of the week.
New York Times  Jul 1  Comment 
Supplemental benefits for millions of recipients, many of them disabled, would be at risk under Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
New York Times  Jun 30  Comment 
Here’s how the various Republican health care bills germinating in Congress might affect Medicaid — and how they could reduce your options in old age.
MedPage Today  Jun 30  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- More focus needed on ways to increase community-based care  Jun 30  Comment 
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NPR  Jun 30  Comment 
The Senate's bill puts off provisions that could push people off of insurance and out of Medicaid until well past the 2018 midterms and even past the 2020 presidential election.


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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