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Congressional Republicans are finally starting to flesh out their plans to replace Obamacare.
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The plan that House Republicans discussed Thursday would replace Affordable Care Act subsidies with tax credits and cut Medicaid funds to the states.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan said during his weekly press conference Thursday that Republican members of the House were planning to introduce a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law better known as...
Clusterstock  Feb 15  Comment 
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf did not mince words in a recent letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan. "This is not hyperbole – access to treatment through Medicaid is keeping Pennsylvanians alive who might otherwise face overdoses or worse,” wrote...
Forbes  Feb 13  Comment 
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are getting favorable reviews as a way to reduce costs and improve health quality for Medicaid and Medicare patients in two new studies in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Forbes  Feb 8  Comment 
Medicare's bundled payments for knee and hip replacements are reducing costs and unnecessary amounts of care delivered to patients, according to Altaram Institute and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Clusterstock  Feb 7  Comment 
A sizable chunk of the American public seems to have some confusion about the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law better known as Obamacare. That is, they may not know it as Obamacare. According to a Morning Consult poll published in The...
NPR  Feb 7  Comment 
Among those who benefited from Obamacare are many homeless people who were able to get Medicaid for the first time. Some are worried about what a repeal of the Affordable Care Act could mean.
New York Times  Feb 6  Comment 
The approach of returning it to the states appeals to the G.O.P., but it has historically shifted costs more than reducing them.
Forbes  Feb 5  Comment 
There's mounting opposition to the Trump White House's proposal to Medicaid block grants from hospitals, doctors, insurers and AARP, the large organization of seniors.




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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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