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New York Times  May 16  Comment 
Four years after Texas gave up millions of dollars in federal Medicaid funds, a request presents an important early test for the Trump administration.
New York Times  May 15  Comment 
Senate negotiators, trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act while avoiding the pitfalls of the House bill, may relax the House’s big Medicaid cuts.
MarketWatch  May 14  Comment 
Conservative Senate Republicans are weighing faster and steeper cuts to Medicaid that could drop millions of people from coverage and mark the biggest changes to the program in its 52-year history.
MedPage Today  May 7  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- Also, paperwork mishaps prevent sterilization for women on Medicaid
Forbes  May 7  Comment 
The healthcare industry is ready to plead its case against rolling back the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion as Trumpcare heads to the U.S. Senate.
New York Times  May 4  Comment 
The rich and healthy benefit, but poor and disabled people who use Medicaid could lose out.
New York Times  May 3  Comment 
A provision of the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would sharply cut Medicaid funds for special education programs across the country.
Wall Street Journal  May 2  Comment 
Molina Healthcare, a major Medicaid and ACA marketplace insurer, fired its two top executives—sons of the founder who have run the company for two decades. The company cited disappointing financial performance.
Forbes  May 1  Comment 
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, with the help of private lawyers hired on a contingency fee, is suing a group of pharmaceutical companies, alleging they engaged in an “unlawful scheme” to force the state to pay for drugs that were not...




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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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