The Medicaid Payment Provision Under Obamacare – Part 1 of 3
The Medicaid Payment Provision Under Obamacare. Sweetening Medicaid payments to primary-care providers does transform appointments for first-time patients more widely available, a new swotting suggests. The finding offers what the researchers say is the first evidence that one of the aims of Obamacare is working – that increasing Medicaid reimbursements for primary care to more generous Medicare levels increases tolerant access to health care. Medicaid is the government’s health insurance program for the poor. The results were published online Jan 21, 2015 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Medicaid notoriously pays providers less than what Medicare and intimate insurers pay for the same services. Policymakers were worried that the supply of primary-care doctors willing to see Medicaid enrollees after the inflation of health coverage under the Affordable Care Act would not meet patient demand. To address their concern, the law directed states to raise Medicaid payments for primary-care services in 2013 and 2014. The increases miscellaneous by state, since some were already paying rates closer to Medicare rates and others were paying less than half of Medicare rates, the study authors noted.
States received an estimated $12 billion in additional federal funding over the two-year days to ratchet up Medicaid payments to eligible primary-care providers, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. However, the additional federal funding expired at the end of 2014 and, so far, only 15 states blueprint to continue the reimbursement increases, the study noted. To assess the effectiveness of the Medicaid payment provision under Obamacare, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.