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Local leaders disagree on how far Medicaid coverage should go as program celebrates 50 years
Problems with reimbursement have some doctors refusing to accept it
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Sophie Galvez, 3, listens to a machine during a hearing test with Elma Street, program assistant in immunization, at the Hall County Public Health Department on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Medicaid. - photo by Erin O. Smith
Wanda Turpin’s medical problems are so numerous that she would be unable to receive the care she needs without Medicaid coverage. “It’s a good thing to have,” she said in an understated way. Turpin, an elderly Gainesville resident, takes copious amounts of medication, suffers complications from diabetes and has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that makes breathing difficult.