Forbes  Oct 7  Comment 
Most conservatives agree that Medicaid costs are too high. Most liberals agree that Medicaid patients should receive necessary medical care for free. And both conservatives and liberals agree that we should embrace ways to encourage Medicaid...
Benzinga  Oct 6  Comment 
The share price of BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDSI) has increased 15.01 percent over the last five trading days. Roth Capital’s Scott R. Henry has maintained a Buy rating on the company, with a price target of...
New York Times  Oct 3  Comment 
A federal judge on Friday said Arkansas must continue its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood while she considered a lawsuit challenging the state’s decision to end funding over secretly recorded videos by an anti-abortion group.
Forbes  Oct 2  Comment 
A major part of the conservative plans to reform Medicaid turn on the assumption that states will be better able to manage the program, and deliver its benefits, free form all the intrusive regulation that Washington imposes. In return for...
NPR  Oct 1  Comment 
Under the Affordable Care Act, former foster youths get Medicaid coverage until age 26. Many of them aren't aware of that, and getting that information to them isn't always easy.
Benzinga  Sep 11  Comment 
Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today that its Georgia subsidiary, Peach State Health Plan, was one of the Care Management Organizations selected to serve Medicaid recipients in Georgia. The new contract is expected to start on July 1,...
Benzinga  Sep 10  Comment 
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) announced today it received a Notice of Intent to Award (NOIA) a contract to continue serving Medicaid recipients in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) presented the NOIA to WellCare...
FiercePharma  Sep 10  Comment 
Getting patients to stick to their meds is a common refrain in pharma, as companies chase stellar sales and potential savings. But drug adherence could also play a role in the Medicaid realm, as new research shows that patients in the program...
NPR  Sep 3  Comment 
Improper payments by Medicare and Medicaid are wasting billions of dollars a year, the White House budget director said. He called for urgent corrective action in a letter that is now public.


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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