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date: 28 June 2022

Medicaid and Medicarelocked

Medicaid and Medicarelocked

  • Victoria M. Rizzo, Victoria M. RizzoUniversity at Albany
  • Sojeong LeeSojeong LeeUniversity at Albany
  •  and Rebekah KukowskiRebekah KukowskiBinghamton University

Summary

In 1965, Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act were passed, creating Medicare and Medicaid and laying the foundation for U.S. healthcare policy. Originally, Medicare was created to meet the specific medical needs of adults aged 65 and older. In 2022, individuals with end-stage renal disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and other disabilities may also receive Medicare, regardless of age. Medicaid was established to provide a basic level of medical care to specific categories of people who are poor, including pregnant women, children, and the aged. As of 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), states are provided with the opportunity to expand Medicaid to close the coverage gap for public health insurance. This entry provides explanations of Medicaid and Medicare and associated social healthcare programs in the United States. An overview of significant programming developments and trends, future directions, challenges, and controversies as of 2021 are also provided.

Subjects

  • Addictions and Substance Use
  • Administration and Management
  • Health Care and Illness
  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Policy and Advocacy

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