medically indigent


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medically indigent

adjective Referring to a category within a state medical assistance program of individuals who are unable to pay for their healthcare.
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Poorer States declined or were slow to take up the medically indigent option or raise the income levels for Medicaid eligibility.
Practitioners need to articulate and act on the ethical obligations of nonprofit organizations, particularly these institutions' mission concerning poor and medically indigent people.
The GAMP program was repositioned to become a purchaser within the market for services needed by medically indigent individuals.
Dr Westfall correctly acknowledges the availability of the pharmaceutical industry's patient assistance programs that provide medications at no cost to qualifying medically indigent patients.
This lack of dental service coverage under many insurance plans, and the difficulty of accessing dental care for uninsured, underinsured, and medically indigent groups, make dental sealants hard to obtain.
Its leaders, along with patients and politicians, have ongoing strategy sessions to identify additional targets: hospitals that refer their indigent patients to Grady, businesses with inadequate healthcare programs for their employees, county commissions that do not support their medically indigent populations, the state government and the US Congress.
He was not arguing for a two-tiered system; he was trying to maximize limited public funds in the only health care program for the medically indigent that the state had legislated.
As the Clinton reform effort gathered steam in 1993, one worry among those of us who favor a national approach to health care was that the middle class would be well-served by badly needed insurance reforms, while the poor and the medically indigent would end up ignored.
The state Medicaid program has been expanded to cover all medically indigent people.
As the numbers of poor and medically indigent grow, stresed hospitals may be be forced to restrict the number of poor and Medicaid recipient they admit -- or they may have to close their doors altogether, said the report.
In 1986, under pressure of increasing federal-budget restraint, Congress refined means-testing to identify medically indigent, nonservice-connected veterans for inclusion in Category A--the highest priority group of three categories of veterans labelled A, B, and C.

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