Health Care Law

Health Care Law

Health care aims to prevent and treat illness and disease in order to maintain the physical and mental well-being of individuals.

Nearly all industrialized nations provide universal, publicly-funded health care through a national system. The exception is the United States, where health care is largely provided by the private sector, although some public services are available for certain individuals.
State statutes comprise a large portion of law applicable to health care. State health care law ranges from regulation of the health insurance industry to rules governing cases of medical malpractice. State agencies and departments are usually responsible for implementing state health laws and regulations, as well as administering certain federally-funded health care programs.

Health care aims to prevent and treat illness and disease in order to maintain the physical and mental well-being of individuals.

Nearly all industrialized nations provide universal, publicly-funded health care through a national system. The exception is the United States, where health care is largely provided by the private sector, although some public services are available for certain individuals.
State statutes comprise a large portion of law applicable to health care. State health care law ranges from regulation of the health insurance industry to rules governing cases of medical malpractice. State agencies and departments are usually responsible for implementing state health laws and regulations, as well as administering certain federally-funded health care programs.

Medicaid seeks to assist low-income individual.

Medicaid is a federal program funded by both federal and state funds, but is administered by the states alone. States regulate the delivery of health care services under the program. Individuals may only receive Medicaid if they meet the conditions for eligibility promulgated by the state in which the individual resides; therefore, not all people with low incomes qualify. State criteria for Medicaid may include factors such as pregnancy, blindness, or disability. Eligibility may also depend upon the individual’s age, income, assets, resources, or lawful immigration status. Several states have their own separate programs that provide medical care for low-income persons who do not qualify for Medicaid.

Medicare differs from Medicaid in that Medicare is an actual insurance program.

It is federal health insurance made available to people over age 65. Additionally, Medicare is available to persons under 65 possessing certain disabilities, and for all people with end-stage renal disease (kidney failure). Medicaid encompasses insurance coverage for hospital and medical services. Most people must pay a monthly premium for the medical services portion of Medicare. An optional Prescription Drug plan, for which most people must also pay a monthly premium, covers prescription medication.

Medicaid seeks to assist low-income individual.

Medicaid is a federal program funded by both federal and state funds, but is administered by the states alone. States regulate the delivery of health care services under the program. Individuals may only receive Medicaid if they meet the conditions for eligibility promulgated by the state in which the individual resides; therefore, not all people with low incomes qualify. State criteria for Medicaid may include factors such as pregnancy, blindness, or disability. Eligibility may also depend upon the individual’s age, income, assets, resources, or lawful immigration status. Several states have their own separate programs that provide medical care for low-income persons who do not qualify for Medicaid.

Medicare differs from Medicaid in that Medicare is an actual insurance program.

It is federal health insurance made available to people over age 65. Additionally, Medicare is available to persons under 65 possessing certain disabilities, and for all people with end-stage renal disease (kidney failure). Medicaid encompasses insurance coverage for hospital and medical services. Most people must pay a monthly premium for the medical services portion of Medicare. An optional Prescription Drug plan, for which most people must also pay a monthly premium, covers prescription medication.

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