NPR  Sep 16  Comment 
Research on patients with testicular cancer and on others fighting a brain malignancy finds that people who are privately insured are more likely to be diagnosed earlier and survive longer.
NPR  Sep 12  Comment 
A Wisconsin clinic provides free dental care so that poor rural residents can get their teeth fixed. But in most states people aren't so lucky. Millions of people have no access to dental care.
Forbes  Sep 8  Comment 
The Republican presidential candidate's proposal to fund Medicaid with block grants would create huge disparities in spending from state to state.
Clusterstock  Sep 2  Comment 
Mylan could be facing another issue when it comes to the EpiPen, a drug used to treat severe allergic reactions that has seen a price increase of more than 500% since 2007. The company's stock was down by more than 4% Friday shortly after Sen....
Forbes  Sep 1  Comment 
Hillary Clinton's mental health plan would expand payment to telehealth via expanded Medicaid and Medicare payment for companies providing video consultations from psychiatrists and therapists.
New York Times  Aug 25  Comment 
A new government study finds that middle-class people paid less for health insurance in states that offered Medicaid to the poor.
New York Times  Aug 19  Comment 
The government says tens of thousands of people are enrolled in Medicaid even as they receive federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.
Clusterstock  Aug 19  Comment 
Some healthcare providers may be steering patients toward Obamacare instead of Medicare and Medicaid, according to a release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS. CMS, the government organization in charge of Medicare and...
Forbes  Aug 18  Comment 
Those who obtained Medicaid coverage filled 80 percent more prescriptions and paid nearly 60 percent less out-of-pocket in 2014 compared to 2013, according to a RAND Corp. analysis.
MedPage Today  Aug 17  Comment 
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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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