Medicaid 101: Why Medicaid is Important to the Bleeding Disorders Community
With Medicaid much in the news in August, it seemed timely to offer a refresher on how Medicaid is structured, and why it’s important to many in the bleeding disorders community.
Medicaid is a public health insurance program for low-income individuals, families, seniors, and people with disabilities. States set up and run their own Medicaid programs, subject to federal guidelines and requirements; the federal government matches a specified percentage of the state’s spending.
Medicaid is the single largest insurer in the US, covering 1 in 5 Americans. It is estimated that about 30% of people with a bleeding disorder are enrolled in Medicaid. This coverage provides essential access to medication, treatment, and care coordination for some of the most vulnerable members of the bleeding disorders community. Advocating for a strong Medicaid program is thus a key priority for HFA. Read more
Source: Hemophilia Federation of America, 2021