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makes the healthcare providers decide whether to take Medicare funded patients or not. The amount paid could be less compared to other insurance providers or could take longer to receive the reimbursement. It also inputs policies and regulations to maintain eligibility for this programs. Medicaid programs variation in each state depends on eligibility requirements standards as in who receives the coverage, medical services covered, and how much the provider is paid for the services. These variations impact the services and providers that qualify for these programs. CMS monitors the state run programs and establishes requirements for services, delivery, quality, funding, and eligibility standards. Most stateshave signed up the Medicaid expanded program as encouraged by the Affordable Care Act but some are yet to sign up. The expanded program increases the eligibility of the
individuals to the single people without depended under 133 percent of the poverty level. This is one of the areas of variation in the general programs (Spare, 2015).Medicaid and other associated programs such as Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) were innovated to provide healthcare insurance to children 18 and under, low income pregnant women and new mothers, child births, and children with special needs. Medicaid also covers the elderly and the disabled people with no or low income where 65 percent goes to the elderly while 20 percent to the children. Medicaid covers for the care of the elderly in the nursing homes as it is the largest single payer for the nursing home care services to this population. Children in the rural areas are also covered under Medicaid or CHIP if they have some income over the poverty level (Adams, Gebru, & Kimmel, 2017).ReferencesAdams, Gebru, & Kimmel, (2017 Nov). Medicaid 101: an overview of the Program. Retrieved from Institute of Medicaid Innovation. -Report.pdfSpare M., (2015 Jul). Medicaid at 50: Remarkable growth fueled by unexpected politics. Retrieved from Health Affairs Vol34(7). Medicaid’s evolving delivery systems: