Presidential Election Could Weigh Heavily On Future Of Medicaid Expansion
Democrat Hillary Clinton wants to convince remaining states to accept the health law's provision to expand Medicaid to more lower-income residents, while Republican nominee Donald Trump seeks to reverse the expansion. Also, NPR looks at the difficulties getting dental care for patients with disabilities, who often have Medicaid insurance.
The Associated Press:
As Medicaid Loses Stigma, Its Fate Rides On Stormy Election
Medicaid, long the stepchild of government health care programs, is finally coming into its own. The federal-state program for low-income people has been scarcely debated in the turbulent presidential election, but it faces real consequences depending on who wins the White House in the Nov. 8 vote. (Alonso-Zaldivar, 10/24)
For People With Disabilities, Getting Dental Care Can Be Difficult
At the Marshfield Clinic dental center in Chippewa Falls, Wis., hygienist Karen Aslinger is getting her room ready. It's all quite routine — covering the chair's headrest with plastic, opening instruments, wiping down trays. But then she starts getting creative. "My next patient is pretty tiny and frail, so I like to go to oral surgery and get a heated blanket. I wrap her up, and I think it soothes her," Aslinger says. (Kodjak, 10/24)