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NPR  Jul 23  Comment 
New York and five other states are helping women on Medicaid get contraception immediately after giving birth. New moms can get an IUD or long-acting implant before leaving the hospital.
NPR  Jul 22  Comment 
People who contribute up to $25 a month would be exempt from cost-sharing requirements. But some consumer advocates say the health savings accounts add a needless layer of complexity to Medicaid.
Motley Fool  Jul 20  Comment 
Medicaid enrollment has climbed by 80,000 in Texas despite the state opting out of Medicaid expansion.
Motley Fool  Jul 20  Comment 
UnitedHealth Group signed up more than 380,000 new members through Medicaid in the second quarter, suggesting that similarly strong results will be posted by competitors Aetna (AET) and WellPoint (WLP)
Forbes  Jul 20  Comment 
While record numbers of Americans sign up for the larger Medicaid health insurance program for the poor, financial issues are emerging for medical care providers in the two dozen states that didn’t go along with the expansion under the...
Wall Street Journal  Jul 17  Comment 
Vertex Pharmaceuticals' $300,000-a-year cystic-fibrosis drug has sparked a battle in Arkansas, illustrating the dilemma faced by cash-strapped government insurance programs.
MedPage Today  Jul 16  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- Responding to inquiries from federal officials, the California health department has released a plan it says will dramatically slash its backlog of Medi-Cal applications within 6 weeks.
Forbes  Jul 16  Comment 
For the regulators, auditors, investigators, and prosecutors who rely upon government data when determining whether to bring their power to bear on those who are the subjects of costly and burdensome health-care investigations, all of these issues...
Motley Fool  Jul 16  Comment 
More than 6 million have signed up for Medicaid since the ACA launched, providing significant revenue opportunity for UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Aetna (AET), Molina (MOH), and Centene (CNC).
Financial Times  Jul 16  Comment 
Benefits from the Affordable Care Act lifted the hospital chain’s company’s results as more patients used Medicaid or health insurance




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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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