Checkpoint Working with Medicaid

Checkpoint Working with Medicaid - the cost of Medicaid has...

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Checkpoint: Working with Medicaid Adrienne Martin HCR/230 Beatrice Johnson
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Medicaid is a program for low income families and people who have certain disabilities. It provides medical coverage as well as nursing home coverage for people who cannot afford medical insurance and have no other medical resources such as free clinics to help them. Some of the things that make a person eligible for Medicaid besides poverty or disability are pregnancy, parents with eligible children, and the elderly. Medicaid covers procedures that are considered to be medically necessary such as inpatient hospital care such as medical equipment, boarding, nursing services, and ambulance transportation. Outpatient care such as minor surgery, family planning, vaccinations, lab services, x-rays, and medications. A doctor who provides Medicaid services has to sign a contract with The Department of Health and Human Services and cannot bill a patient for any additional money. Anything over
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Unformatted text preview: the cost of Medicaid has to be considered a write-off unless the doctor has informed the patient ahead of time that a service is not covered by Medicaid. In cases such as these a patient has to sign a consent form for the procedure before they can be billed for any uncovered services. A patient may be asked to make a co-payment at the time of an office visit but these payments are usually very small. Without Federal or State involvement in medical insurance programs many people would not be able to receive any type of medical care at all. State and Federal funding helps to create programs for low income families and the homeless who need immediate care as well as some preventative care along with dental and vision programs so that they can have as good a quality of life as those who can afford medical insurance or who are eligible through employment programs. References: Medical Insurance, Chapter 11 (Axia reading material)...
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This note was uploaded on 03/05/2011 for the course PSY 210 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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