The US is coming up with a health care program called Medicaid. It is designed for the people who come under the disabled and low-earning category. This health program will be focused mainly on women suffering from breast cancer.
Doctors from different hospitals and medical clinics are being hired for this program who would be working with Medicaid and help in providing assistance to the patients who are suffering from breast cancer of advanced stage.
The Government officials have also proposed to offer tax cuts for the working citizens to help cancer affected patients with health insurance. Obamacare, officially known as Affordable Care Act, however, was made to help people in this regard. Recently, the present President, Donald Trump introduced few changes in the Medicaid expenses, the restricted increase in funding from the federal government, etc.
A research was conducted, which focused extremely on women, who were diagnosed with the advanced stage of Breast Cancer and who fall under the low-income category compared to the women who belong to a high-income family.
It is also said that around 5 lacs of women, starting from 50 to 74 years of age is suffering from breast cancer. They claimed to have been covered either by Medicaid or a private insurance. The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare took effect in the year 2013. Reports say that the breast cancer patients, when diagnosed with the earlier stage between 2007 to 2009, have increased from 54 percent to 58 percent by the time it was 2013.
According to a medical survey conducted by American Cancer Society, it is found out that after skin cancer, it’s the breast cancer that has become one of the most common cancer diseases affecting women in a huge number. It also reports that with the new diagnoses done in the year 2017, more than 2.5 lac women were found affected by the same. Early stage cancers can still be managed with proper and regular medication and checkups. However, it becomes almost difficult when cancer tends to shift from 1st stage to the 3rd or 4th stage. Early diagnoses, if done on time, can help thousands of women from dying.
According to a student from Virginia Commonwealth University, places with low-income people, women affected by breast cancer are said to be diagnosed with later stages since they didn’t get the opportunity to go for a health checkup which followed by ignorance of their health issues. Medicaid is planning to come up with few changes for these low-earning category women so that they can avoid the disease to shift from the first stage to the advanced stages in the future.
Not to forget, later stage the cancer is very costlier than the early stage cases and chance for survival is more likely in the case of early stage cancer diagnoses. Medicaid will be contributing possible assistance to the cause by widening its treatment and financial help to these low-income places as much as possible.