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New York Times  Feb 2  Comment 
President Obama’s target is a savings of $399 billion over 10 years from Medicare, Medicaid and other Health and Human Services programs.
New York Times  Feb 2  Comment 
Four million adults in the 22 states that did not expand Medicaid earn too much for that program but too little to receive federal subsidies for coverage.
NPR  Jan 30  Comment 
The medical home is intended to make health care better and safer by having primary care providers manage a patient's care. So far it's not clear if they can also save money.
New York Times  Jan 28  Comment 
Medicaid has become less uniform and more complicated, with variations across states, but researchers will be able to watch many experiments bloom.
Forbes  Jan 28  Comment 
Buoyed by growth from the expansion of the Medicaid business under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance giant Anthem (ANTM) said fourth-quarter profits rose and its executives predicted enrollment gains across all insurance lines in 2015.
New York Times  Jan 28  Comment 
After a lengthy back-and-forth, the Obama administration has agreed to let Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, a Republican, expand Medicaid on his own terms, including some that have not been allowed before under federal rules.
MedPage Today  Jan 27  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- Mandatory prescription monitoring programs? Medicaid reimbursements, and more.
New York Times  Jan 27  Comment 
The Congressional Budget Office sees a rise in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security spending as baby boomers age.
New York Times  Jan 26  Comment 
The Congressional Budget Office sees a rise in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security spending as baby boomers age.




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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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