Warning, Medicaid payment cuts may affect access to healthcare

As Medicaid Rolls Swell, Cuts in Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care – NYTimes.com.

 The Affordable Care Act provided a big increase in Medicaid payments for primary care in 2013 and 2014. But the increase expires on Thursday — just weeks after the Obama administration told the Supreme Court that doctors and other providers had no legal right to challenge the adequacy of payments they received from Medicaid.

The impact will vary by state, but a study by the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan research organization, estimates that doctors who have been receiving the enhanced payments will see their fees for primary care cut by 43 percent, on average.

Medicaid works fine as long as everyone is healthy. Color me cynical, but somehow I don’t believe my daughter would have received the same level of care at Children’s Hospital for her 7 admissions if she had been on Medicaid.

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