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After Texas officials moved to block the health provider from receiving Medicaid dollars, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the state, allowing the group to stay in the program.
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The Republican “Obamacare Repeal and Replace” plan introduced by House Speaker Paul Ryan “poses risks” to state Medicaid funding and “raises questions for hospital providers,” Fitch Ratings said in a new report.
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Filed under: News, US, Women’s Issues AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. judge in Austin issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday halting Texas' plan to cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, saying the state did not present evidence of...
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Congressional Republicans are finally starting to flesh out their plans to replace Obamacare.
NPR  Feb 16  Comment 
The plan that House Republicans discussed Thursday would replace Affordable Care Act subsidies with tax credits and cut Medicaid funds to the states.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan said during his weekly press conference Thursday that Republican members of the House were planning to introduce a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law better known as...
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf did not mince words in a recent letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan. "This is not hyperbole – access to treatment through Medicaid is keeping Pennsylvanians alive who might otherwise face overdoses or worse,” wrote...




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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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