New York Times  Jan 23  Comment 
Gov. Asa Hutchinson asked lawmakers to keep the state’s alternative to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act in place for two more years.
Forbes  Jan 22  Comment 
Rural hospitals are fighting for their lives. More than 40 have closed their doors in the last five years. With potential funding cuts to Medicaid and Medicare looming, can a creative solutions save America's rural hospitals?
MedPage Today  Jan 21  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- It is about the money.
MarketWatch  Jan 21  Comment 
The rules for Medicaid benefits can be tricky for married couples, especially when only one spouse needs the benefits.
Forbes  Jan 18  Comment 
Earlier this month Missouri opened its 2015 legislative session, and there are a lot of issues, new and old, on this year's agenda. Among the old items is Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. Like last year, the odds of it passing in Missouri are...
Motley Fool  Jan 17  Comment 
Rising Medicaid enrollment provides significant tailwinds for health insurance providers in 2015.
Yahoo  Jan 16  Comment 
The Obama administration official who oversaw the botched rollout of the Obamacare website,, announced on Friday that she will resign from her post as head of the agency that is also responsible for Medicare and Medicaid.
New York Times  Jan 16  Comment 
Marilyn B. Tavenner, the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, helped preside over the rollout of sweeping changes in the nation’s health care system.


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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