Medicaid, Out to Help Others

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Medicaid became a law on July 30, 1965, to provide medical care to those who are unable to provide it for themselves. It was created through Title XIX of the Social Security Act. Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical and health-related services for America (Califano Jr.). Many people think that Medicaid should not be provided anymore, but the good thing is that it is a state administrated program, it helps individuals who are unable to provide heath care for themselves or their families, and it helps immigrants who are also not able to afford proper medical care.

Medicaid is a state administrated program and each states' participation is voluntary. Although that may be true all states have participated since 1982. Each state sets it own guidelines regarding eligibility and services on Medicaid. In doing that each state determines the type, amount, duration, and scope of services sets the rate of payment for services and therefore administers its own program.

Though each state may have their own program, the federal centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services in the United States Department of Health and Human Services monitors all the state-run programs (Califano).

States generally have a broad discretion in determining which groups their Medicaid programs will cover. Twenty-five different eligibility categories that are classified into five broad groups: pregnant women, children and teenagers, people who are aged, people who are blind, and people who are disabled. Services provided by one state may differ considerably in amount, duration, or scope from services in a different state. Also, state legislatures may change Medicaid eligibility, services, and reimbursement during the year (Califano).

"It is important that the United States strengthens our labor movement to keep our health system growing stronger" (Navarro). Medicaid really helps individuals who are unable to provide...