Medicaid turns 50 mired in controversy
July 15, 2015
Tennessee farmer Timmy Parks lives without a prosthetic for his amputated arm and endures chest pain so excruciating he sometimes doesn’t want to eat — all because he has no insurance and no way to pay for health care. Yet if he lived less than five miles away, in Kentucky, he’d qualify for Medicaid, the government program designed to help the poor.
“Cutting reimbursements to doctors at this time of huge influx made no sense,” says Matthew Celentano, spokesman for the non-profit Maryland Healthcare for All. “If you can’t find a doctor, it’s not health care.”
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