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Medicaid in America

Vastano, Alexandra (2014) Medicaid in America. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Medicaid covers around sixty-six million Americans in the United States. Medicaid connects many people to healthcare benefits while limiting out-of-pocket costs. Public health insurance options have been a source of contention throughout U.S. history and have limited Medicaid’s scope in coverage. Due to limitations of Medicaid and varying state by state regulations, forty-seven million non-elderly individuals remain uninsured (Kaiser Family Foundation, Medicaid moving forward, 2014). The high cost of insurance has deterred many from receiving coverage, and many individuals receive imperfect information regarding market costs, thus making it difficult to negotiate prices in the private health insurance marketplace. Many of these uninsured individuals are working, but make too much to qualify for Medicaid. In recent months, Pennsylvania has undergone many changes in health reform. After opting out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion, Governor Corbett implemented his own proposal, Healthy Pennsylvania, to reduce the number of uninsured individuals in the commonwealth. Using federal funds as subsidies for individuals to purchase private health insurance plans, approximately six hundred thousand more individuals will be covered under the plan approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Vastano, Alexandra
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBarron, Gerladgbarron@pitt.eduGBARRONUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberHawk, Marymeh96@pitt.eduMEH96UNSPECIFIED
Date: 12 December 2014
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2015 15:34
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2023 11:03


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