Medicaid Pay Raise Boosted Access To Primary Care
A 10-state study found that Medicaid enrollees had an easier time getting appointments with primary care doctors as a result of the temporary pay raise which expired Dec. 31.
Study Finds Medicaid 'Bump' Increased Primary Care Access
The Medicaid bump made it easier for beneficiaries to get appointments, according to a study released three weeks after the payment boost expired. (Wheaton, 1/21)
Kaiser Health News:
Medicaid Pay Hike Opened Doors For Patients, Study Finds
"Money talks. A temporary Medicaid pay raise that was part of President Barack Obama’s health law made it easier for poor adults to get appointments with primary care doctors, according to a study published Wednesday. Paying more to doctors who participate in the federal-state insurance program for the poor usually improves access for patients, but the law’s two-year limit on the raise, its slow rollout and other regulatory problems made many skeptical about how physicians would react to the extra money — which in many states equated to a 50 percent pay hike or more. (Galewitz, 1/21)