Why Medicaid is Essential


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Why Medicaid is Essential
Medicaid is a federal program that provides medical benefits for certain groups of uninsured or underinsured low-income people. While Medicaid is a federal program it is administered by and partially funded by the states. Within a set of federal guidelines, each state establishes its own standards for eligibility and regulates those services that are or are not covered. In this way, Medicaid entitlements differ widely from state to state (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2005, p.1-2).
Based on the recent recession, the nation’s unemployment rate, and the loss of employer sponsored benefits there is a strong need to not only continue Medicaid, but to expand the program, standardize requirements from...
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