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New York Times  26 min ago  Comment 
Gov. Gary Herbert criticized the Utah House on Thursday for deciding not to consider his plan for expanding Medicaid.
MedPage Today  Feb 24  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- Resistance to expansion is leaving millions still uninsured.
Forbes  Feb 20  Comment 
Amid new reports of a computer glitch that will cause 800,000 people to deal filing their taxes, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this morning announced a "a special enrollment period." The extra time is for individuals and families...
Forbes  Feb 20  Comment 
States that agreed to expand coverage of Medicaid to more Americans under the Affordable Care Act have created more jobs than other areas of the country, according to a new report.
New York Times  Feb 13  Comment 
Responding to Republican warnings, the Democratic governor predicted a positive economic impact of $1 billion over seven years.
New York Times  Feb 11  Comment 
Pennsylvania’s new Democratic governor is moving to expand the health insurance program for the poor, while similar plans by Republican governors in Tennessee and Wyoming were rejected.
MarketWatch  Feb 10  Comment 
Medicaid expansion in various states gave a lift to insurer Molina Healthcare when it reported fourth-quarter results on Tuesday.
Wall Street Journal  Feb 10  Comment 
CVS Health reported earnings for the December quarter at the high end of its earnings guidance as growth in its Medicaid business helped to offset declines in retail sales because of the lack of cigarette sales.
Benzinga  Feb 9  Comment 
Retirement planning and estate planning predominate the latter half of personal finance timelines. Once the initial plan is set into motion early in life, the next benchmark is retirement, followed by securing the future of your...
MedPage Today  Feb 9  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- This organization's care costs less than conventional 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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