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Medicaid: United States social health care program for families and individuals with limited resources
Medicaid in the United States is a federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. Medicaid also offers benefits not normally covered by Medicare, including nursing home care and personal care services. The Health Insurance Association of America describes Medicaid as "a government insurance program for persons of all ages whose income and resources are insufficient to pay for health care." Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical and health-related services for people with low income in the United States, providing free health insurance to 74 million low-income and disabled people as of 2017. It is a means-tested program that is jointly funded by the state and federal governments and managed by the states, with each state currently having broad leeway to determine who is eligible for its implementation of the program. States are not required to participate in the program, although all have since 1982. Medicaid recipients must be U.S. citizens or qualified non-citizens, and may include low-income adults, their children, and people with certain disabilities. Poverty alone does not necessarily qualify someone for Medicaid.

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See where the Louisiana governor candidates stand on key issues

See where Louisiana governor candidates Ralph Abraham, Eddie Rispone and John Bell Edwards stand on Medicaid expansion, minimum wage and other issues.  
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Judge Blocks Trump Policy That Favors Wealthy Immigrants

For immigrants seeking legal residency, the administration’s “public charge” rule would disqualify many applicants who receive federal assistance like Medicaid.
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Three Years Later, The Health Wagon, Discovered

Bob Simon reports on the aftermath of the disaster in Fukushima, Japan, and finds toxic ghost towns frozen in time; then, nurse practitioners are providing badly needed healthcare to the uninsured..
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Mississippi Voters to Decide Republican Nominee for Governor

Tuesday’s primary runoff pits the state’s lieutenant governor against a former chief justice of the State Supreme Court who supports expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
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Opioid Treatment Is Used Vastly More in States That Expanded Medicaid

The states with the highest Medicaid prescribing rates for the anti-craving drug buprenorphine — Vermont, West Virginia, Kentucky, Montana and Ohio — all expanded the program.
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Trump Administration's Latest Regulation Targets Low-Income Immigrants

trump administration's latest regulation targets low-income immigrants
The Trump administration announced on Monday it was aiming to curb the number of legal immigrants allowed to enter and stay in the United States by making it easier to reject green card and visa..
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Trump Grants Clemency to 7 Men in Cases Dating Back Decades

The president commuted the sentences of two men, one accused in a Medicaid-related bribery scheme, and pardoned five others of crimes such as drug trafficking.
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U.S. judge blocks Medicaid work requirements in New Hampshire

A federal judge on Monday overturned the Trump administration's approval of a plan by the state of New Hampshire to impose work requirements on people seeking to obtain benefits from the Medicaid..
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Doctors in Debt: These Physicians Gladly Struck a Deal With California

The state is providing up to $300,000 in debt relief for doctors who agree to accept Medicaid. The grant has lifted “an emotional burden,” one recipient said, adding, “I can focus on my..
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Iowa judge tosses lawsuit challenging ban on using Medicaid for transition-related surgeries

Lawsuit challenged an Iowa law that denies mandatory Medicaid coverage to transgender Iowans for transition-related care.  
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Puerto Rico faces tougher scrutiny over federal Medicaid funding

U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday called for heightened scrutiny of Puerto Rico's Medicaid program as the bankrupt territory seeks increased federal healthcare funding while it deals with repercussions from..
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U.S. lawmakers advance bill to boost Puerto Rico Medicaid funding

A bill that would substantially boost federal Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico advanced out of a U.S. House subcommittee on Thursday after lawmakers agreed to work on stricter safeguards in the wake of..
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Former Puerto Rico government officials arrested in corruption probe

Two former high-ranking Puerto Rico government officials were among six people arrested and charged with conspiracy and other crimes in connection with millions of dollars in federal education and..
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California approves health benefits for illegal immigrants

A new bill makes low-income adults age 25 and younger eligible for the state's Medicaid program regardless of their immigration status
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California clears way to provide health care to some immigrants

Low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be eligible for California's Medicaid program,
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Biden faces backlash over Hyde Amendment

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is facing backlash from rivals in his party after voicing his support for the Hyde Amendment, which bars Medicaid funding for abortion. New York Magazine..
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New York's Medicaid bought erectile drugs for sex offenders

New York's Medicaid program paid more than $60,000 for erectile dysfunction drugs and treatments for 47 sex offenders over a six-year period.
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3/29/17: Red and Blue

The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee sought to distance themselves from the House panel's investigation as the House Intelligence Committee faces increasing scrutiny from both sides of the..
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Study: More blacks got timely cancer care after ‘Obamacare’

study: more blacks got timely cancer care after ‘obamacare’
CHICAGO (AP) — New research suggests that states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act eliminated racial differences in being able to quickly start on...
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Cory Booker and Ayanna Pressley introduce bill to address maternal mortality

The bill aims to substantially extend the amount of time Medicaid covers postpartum women
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Drug Prices Will Soon Appear in Many TV Ads

A Trump administration change will require TV ads for prescription drugs covered by Medicare or Medicaid to include the list price if it is over $35.
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Iowa Senate Republicans propose banning the use of Medicaid dollars on transgender surgery

Iowa Senate Republicans introduced the proposal in response to what's been regarded as a landmark state Supreme Court ruling on transgender rights.
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Illinois Medicaid to cover gender reassignment

"Healthcare is a right, not a privilege," Governor J.B. Pritzker said in the statement
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South Florida businessman convicted in $1.3 billion Medicare and Medicaid scheme

The owner of a facility in Florida has been convicted of Medicare and Medicaid fraud in biggest such case every brought by the Justice Department.
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Tennessee erased insurance for at least 128,000 kids. Many parents don't know.

Tennessee children have been rapidly disenrolled from TennCare, Medicaid and CoverKids health insurance programs.
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Federal judge blocks Medicaid work rules in Kentucky, Arkansas

U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg also rejected similar work requirements Arkansas imposed on its Medicaid program.
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Judge Blocks Work Requirements for Medicaid Recipients in Arkansas and Kentucky

The ruling is a blow to the Trump administration, which has approved work requirements in eight states and is reviewing applications from eight others.
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Judge strikes down two states' Medicaid work requirements

U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg in Washington, D.C., found the states' requirements pose numerous obstacles to getting health care that have gone unresolved by federal and state officials
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Federal Judge Blocks Kentucky, Arkansas From Implementing Medicaid Work Requirements

federal judge blocks kentucky, arkansas from implementing medicaid work requirements
A federal judge overturned the Trump administration's approval of plans from Kentucky and Arkansas on Wednesday which imposed work requirements for people seeking to obtain benefits from the Medicaid..
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Senators urge pharma CEOs to rein in lobbyists

The CEOs of seven major pharmaceutical companies are facing a hostile grilling from senators over high prescription drug prices that are a drain on Medicare and Medicaid and a burden to millions of..
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U.S. Health insurer Centene to buy smaller rival WellCare for $15.3 billion

U.S. health insurer Centene Corp on Wednesday said it would buy smaller rival WellCare Health Plans Inc for $15.27 billion in stock and cash, in a move to bulk up its government-backed Medicare and..
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Trump Officials Broaden Attack on Health Law, Arguing Courts Should Reject All of It

The administration had previously said only that the Affordable Care Act’s pre-existing conditions provisions should be struck down, leaving parts like Medicaid expansion intact.
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John Hickenlooper on Afghanistan troop withdrawal: "The sooner the better"

In our series, The Road to 2020, we talk to current and prospective candidates about important issues that affect the country. John Hickenlooper is a former two-term governor of Colorado. During his..
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Congress Warns Against Medicaid Cuts: ‘You Just Wait for the Firestorm’

The secretary of health and human services endured hours of bipartisan grilling over the president’s budget for 2020, including cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and health research.
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Democrats blast safety net cuts in Trump budget as 'malicious'

Congressional Democrats attacked U.S. social safety net changes proposed by President Donald Trump in his 2020 budget plan, with a senior lawmaker on Tuesday saying Trump's cutbacks in programs such as..
Reuters - Published

Transgender Iowans can use Medicaid for transition-related care, Iowa Supreme Court rules

Transgender Iowans can now use Medicaid funds to pay for transition-related care, including surgeries, the Iowa Supreme Court has ruled.
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Republican-controlled Utah defies voters, rolls back Medicaid expansion

Utah passed sweeping changes to a voter-approved Medicaid expansion Monday, cutting the number of people covered nearly in half and adding work requirements that the Trump administration is expected to..
USATODAY.com - Published

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