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Forbes  Apr 13  Comment 
Illinois, North Carolina and Oklahoma are among the larger states moving more of their state’s Medicaid beneficiaries under the management of private insurers over the next two years.
MedPage Today  Apr 10  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- Dual-eligibles may suffer with per-capita Medicaid caps, says expert
Forbes  Apr 9  Comment 
Several states led by Republican governors or GOP legislatures are still balking at Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
Motley Fool  Apr 4  Comment 
Aetna, Centene, and UnitedHealth Group stand out as solid Medicaid stocks to check out.
New York Times  Apr 3  Comment 
Despite phone calls and in-person pleas from constituents, legislators fell three votes shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto.
DailyFinance  Apr 3  Comment 
Filed under: News, Politics, Policy Kansas lawmakers on Monday failed to override Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill that would have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. InsideGov | Graphiq TRUMP ON HEALTHCARE: 'If...
Forbes  Apr 3  Comment 
Kansas state lawmakers fell just three votes short of overriding their Republican governor’s veto of legislation that would have expanded Medicaid health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Insurance Journal  Apr 3  Comment 
One of the biggest accomplishments of the Arkansas legislative session that’s wrapping up is what didn’t happen. For the first time since the program was created four years ago, there was little to no drama over the future of the …
NPR  Apr 2  Comment 
The failure of the Republican health care plan gave new energy to state-level efforts to expand Medicaid. We look at three states where that may happen — Kansas, Maine and Virginia.
MedPage Today  Mar 30  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- CDC report: Higher use of the prescription drug found among Medicaid population




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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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