Running head: MEDICARE/MEDICAID MANAGED CARE PLANS
Medicare/Medicaid Managed Care Plans
MEDICARE/MEDICAID MANAGED CARE PLANS
Although both Medicare and Medicaid are programs run by the US government and initiated
in 1965, there exists a disparity between the two managed care plans. The two programs were
meant to ensure that less privileged Americans such as low-income earners, disabled persons and
the elderly have medical insurance coverage. President Lyndon Johnson had a vision of
addressing the healthcare needs of all Americans (Ridge, 2007). The financial burden in the
healthcare sector would, therefore, be shared between the less fortunate and the privileged
persons in the society.
Roles of Medicare and Medicaid
Medicare is a nationwide program run by the federal government and targets to ensure that
all person above 65 years of age has health insurance coverage regardless of their income level.
This program also covers all persons who have severe disabilities irrespective of their age.
Patients who undergo dialysis and those suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease are also covered by
the Medicare health program (Jones & Lewin, 1996). Additionally, persons who have been
enlisted for the 2-year consecutive social security disability benefits are also entitled to
Medicare. However, beneficiaries must be legal US citi...