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MedPage Today  Jul 24  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- Also, experts explain the folly of cutting billions from Medicaid
NPR  Jul 24  Comment 
Medicaid pays for nearly half the births in the U.S., and centers that counsel women against abortion often help pregnant women enroll in Medicaid so they don't have to worry about health care costs.
New York Times  Jul 21  Comment 
People who make themselves indigent to qualify for Medicaid are sometimes criticized. But consider the nuances of the situation, and other alternatives.
NPR  Jul 20  Comment 
A Senate proposal to repeal Obamacare includes $45 billion to treat opioid addiction. But it wouldn't make up for deep cuts to Medicaid in that same bill that has funded much of that treatment.
NPR  Jul 19  Comment 
The Republican health care bill failed in part because of opposition to shrinking Medicaid. An 11-year-old girl with sickle cell anemia went to Washington, D.C., to make sure that wouldn't happen.
Forbes  Jul 19  Comment 
The GOP might have succeeded in repealing much of Obamacare if they had put forth a genuine plan to offset the loss of coverage. Instead they tried to cut Medicaid.
New York Times  Jul 18  Comment 
Senators Shelley Moore Capito, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins shared objections to Medicaid cuts, but also had concerns specific to their states.
Motley Fool  Jul 18  Comment 
The insurer's decision to exit the Obamacare exchanges last year hasn't dented its revenue, and its been a boon to its profitability.
Cellular News  Jul 18  Comment 
AristaMD, innovative provider of the cloud-based Smart Care Platform for primary care physicians and specialists, today announced its partnership with Central California Alliance for Health to expand specialty care access through primary...
NPR  Jul 17  Comment 
Doctors, consumers and politicians say big federal cuts to Medicaid funding would jeopardize the treatment a lot of kids rely on. The state would either have to make up lost funding or cut benefits.




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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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