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New York Times  Dec 18  Comment 
The states that did not expand their programs saw increases in enrollment, and the states that did saw even more. Call it the woodwork effect.
BusinessWeek  Dec 18  Comment 
Obamacare expanded enrollment in the program, but Congress won't pay to make it worth doctors' while to treat them
Forbes  Dec 18  Comment 
More than 250,000 physicians and other health professionals are being notified as early as today that their payments from Medicare and Medicaid will be cut because they aren’t adequately using electronic health records in their practices, the...
MedPage Today  Dec 17  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- Around 40,000 low-income Alaskans, mostly childless adults, would benefit.
MedPage Today  Dec 17  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- Program now covers more than 66 million people nationwide.
Forbes  Dec 17  Comment 
New customers from the expansion of Medicaid benefits for poor Americans under the Affordable Care Act helped private managed care plans increase enrollment by 9.3 million people, according to a new report.
NPR  Dec 16  Comment 
The state's last top guy was hostile to Obamacare. But Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, sees Medicaid expansion as a cost-effective no-brainer. Can he convince Republicans in Alaska's legislature?
New York Times  Dec 16  Comment 
Gov. Bill Haslam proposed using federal funds to cover 200,000 low-income residents through their employer’s health insurance plan or the state’s Medicaid program.
NPR  Dec 15  Comment 
Following the lead of two other Republican governors, Tennessee's Gov. Bill Haslam is moving to expand Medicaid in his state, using federal funds from the Affordable Care Act.
Yahoo  Dec 15  Comment 
Federal and state officials are growing alarmed over the mounting share of government-provided health care going toward treating obesity as the number of overweight Americans continues to rise. In the ...




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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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