MedPage Today  Aug 27  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- In-hospital heart disease mortality not affected, however
FiercePharma  Aug 24  Comment 
The Senate voted in favor of drug pricing in DTC ads, while HHS works on a transparency proposal for Medicare and Medicaid.
MedPage Today  Aug 21  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- Senators examine causes of rising improper payments to the program
NPR  Aug 21  Comment 
An analysis by the state shows Medicaid expansion has cut in half the number of uninsured Ohioans. Most recipients said the expansion made it easier to find work and care for their families.
Clusterstock  Aug 20  Comment 
Under the conditions of a new Medicaid program in Oklahoma, the state will only pay drugmakers the full agreed-upon price of the drug if it works as advertised.  Oklahoma's plan is part of the Trump administration's commitment to lower drug...
NPR  Aug 17  Comment 
Officials in Texas are responding to the findings of an investigation by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity into drugmakers' influence over medication choices for Medicaid patients.
New York Times  Aug 11  Comment 
Trump administration officials say they will still allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries, despite a federal court ruling that blocked such requirements in Kentucky.
MedPage Today  Aug 9  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- Also announces tougher regulations for Medicaid drug rebate program


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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