Health Law’s Extra Funding To Pay Medicaid Doctors Disappears In 2015
The money was part of an effort to get more primary care doctors to participate in the Medicaid program but it was designed as a temporary pay raise. Also in the news is a look at how Arkansas is wrestling with the decision about continuing its landmark Medicaid expansion program.
Raise For Medicaid Primary Care Docs To Disappear
A temporary bump in Medicaid fees paid to primary care doctors, an Affordable Care Act provision intended to get more physicians to accept Medicaid patients, will expire at the end of this month. Congress did not extend the higher rates, so unless states take action themselves or the new Congress revisits the issue, primary care doctors in Medicaid will see their fees fall by an average of nearly 43 percent starting in January, according to a new report from the Urban Institute. Whether the expiration of the fee increase will make a difference in physician participation in Medicaid is unknown. That is because there hasn’t been enough time to analyze whether the hike actually convinced primary care doctors to take Medicaid patients. (Ollove, 12/17)
The Associated Press:
Arkansas' Model Medicaid Experiment In Jeopardy
Arkansas became the first Southern state to expand its Medicaid program in a way that many Republicans found acceptable. The state bought private insurance for low-income people instead of adding them to the rolls of the Medicaid system, which GOP lawmakers considered bloated and inefficient. Now Arkansas could be on the brink of another distinction: becoming the first to abandon its Medicaid expansion after giving coverage to thousands of people. (DeMillo, 12/17)