|A Pace Odyssey||
July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill that enacted Medicaid. Medicaid originally gave medical insurance to people who were getting cash assistance. Over the years Medicaid has become the nation’s public health insurance program for people with low income. It has a wide variety of being able to get into the program, even though each state has different requirements. In other words, Medicaid has been evolving over the years to meet the changing needs of the people. For example, it covers “low-income families, pregnant women, people with disabilities, and people who need long-term care”. There are a lot of benefits when a person becomes a recipient of Medicaid. Medicaid help pays for hospitals, community health centers, physicians, nursing homes, and jobs in the health care sector. According to KKF.org, it actually covers “1 in 5 Americans” and based on that there are several people needing Medicaid.
The downfall to being on Medicaid is that those who rely on it for a long time slowly lose their assets and their financial independence. This often leads to having a limited choice of choosing their care and facilities. There are also those who take advantage of being on Medicaid for a long time. Based on that would there be any way to encourage recipients who can still work to find a living? Who do you think should be able to receive the Medicaid benefits? Should it become more restrictive for those who are wanting Medicaid? What should we do with those who are taking advantage of Medicaid? What are your thoughts on Medicaid?