Purpose: Comment the Discussion (Class 507 Unit 3 Topic 2 Comment 1 L)

Gabrielle Kulig

Thing to Remember:

Answer this discussion with opinions/ideas creatively and clearly. Supports post using several outside, peer-reviewed sources.

1 References, find resources that are 5 years or less

No errors with APA format 6 Edition

To Comment:

Discussion Topic 2: Medicaid and Medicare

Medicare and Medicaid are both federal programs with two very different populations. Medicaid is for those with an extremely low income. I have seen people in their 40s on Medicaid. Medicare is for those who are over sixty-five or have a severe disability. Medicare does not take into account monetary status. So, if a person is both old and a low income, they could have both. (Medicare Interactive, 2017). For those that do not have Medicare, the health system usually fails for them because they are on a fixed income, which is not always the best through social security. According to our textbook, the cost of Part D for Medicare, which is the prescription coverage, is increasing in cost at a faster rate than all other parts of Medicare. (Milstead, 2016). In my experience, not all patient have Part D. I wonder if you have to qualify in some way for this?

Pennsylvania has a traditional Medicaid expansion. This year they added 4,422 more physicians, 601 more dentists, and 444 certified registered nurse practitioners. A total of $4.6 billion dollars was spend for expansion recipients. I think a reason states would choose to not participate is because it costs so much money. I mentioned in my last post, that Medicaid is not the best in terms of reimbursing providers. Not all providers are willing to participate for this reason. (Health Choices, 2017).


Health Choices. 2017. Pennsylvania’s traditional Medicaid expansion is here! Retrieved from http://www.dhs.pa.gov/healthchoicespa/index.htm

Medicare Interactive. (2017). What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid? Retrieved November 4, 2017, from Medicare Interactive Powered by the Medicare Rights Center: https://www.medicareinteractive.org/get-answers/introduction-to-medicare/explaining-medicare/what-is-the-difference-between-medicare-and-medicaid

Milstead, J. A. (2016). Health policy and politics: A nurse’s guide (5th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.