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Programs Like Medicare and Medicaid Experiencing Cutbacks

by Lyju Kuruvilla on February 28, 2012 at 1:51 PM
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 Programs Like Medicare and Medicaid Experiencing Cutbacks

Health insurance cost in the U.S. continues to be a heated topic for debate. The U.S. is one of the top spenders on health care yet falls lower in the list regarding average lifespan, when viewed on a global scale.

The nation is struggling to control health care costs and programs like Medicare and Medicaid are experiencing cutbacks, which are being fiercely contested.

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'Medicaid Program Cuts Happening Right Now in America' is one such example that is currently making headline news in the state of Washington. Doctors and Hospitals in Washington are upset with the state's Medicaid agency which recently brought about a change, which takes effect from 1st April this year, prompting a reduction in the types of emergency room visit payments made.

If beneficiaries go to the emergency room for common infections and other moderately aversive conditions, these program changes would deny them coverage.
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The move stems from orders issued by the state's legislature and is an attempt to reduce health care costs for the state. One has to wait to see how other states will modify programs. Hospitals, doctors, and beneficiaries are unsettled over the possibilities.

Doctors and Hospitals in Washington are upset with the state's Medicaid agency which recently brought about a change, prompting a reduction in the types of emergency room visit payments made.

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