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Trump’s budget includes more than $600 billion in cuts to Medicaid.
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Prosecutors say an employee of a Washington consulting firm obtained information about policy decisions at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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Just how much does the Trump administration want to cut Medicaid? No one -- including the White House -- is really sure.
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The Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Attorney's office on Wednesday alleged insider trading in connection with the government's plan to cut Medicare reimbursement rates. The SEC’s complaint alleges that David Blaszczak, a former...
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Trumpcare's Medicaid reforms could impact you even if you're in the middle class. Find out more about the impact of changes to Medicaid funding.
MedPage Today  May 23  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- House panel debates impact of proposed budget cuts to HHS, Medicaid
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Filed under: News, Politics, Congress President Donald Trump's 2018 budget plan released Tuesday faced near-universal pushback in Congress, as even members of his own party expressed skepticism over its provisions. 'Dead on...
MedPage Today  May 23  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- FY 2018 Budget cuts Medicaid, tightens access to other benefits
New York Times  May 23  Comment 
Food stamps, Medicaid and welfare payments would all be slashed, but Medicare and Social Security retirement income would remain untouched in the proposal.
New York Times  May 23  Comment 
The package calls for spending more than $2.6 billion for border security — including $1.6 billion to begin work on a border wall — and slashing more than $800 billion from Medicaid.




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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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