Attention Medicaid Patients: The Doctor Won't Be Seeing You

August 20, 2013 3:15 PM

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Attention Medicaid Patients: The Doctor Won't Be Seeing You

With its expansion of Medicaid eligibility, the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) was supposed to go a long way towards providing healthcare coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. That accomplishment was dealt a large blow by the Supreme Court, when it forbade the federal government from requiring states to expand Medicaid coverage. Nevertheless, many states plan to offer Medicaid to anyone with incomes at or below 138% of the Federal Poverty Limit (FPL). And more states might follow suit over time, under pressure from the healthcare industry, which likes its customers to be paying customers.

However, even if Medicaid coverage expands under Obamacare, a big potential problem remains—many physicians will be unwilling to care for Medicaid patients. But how many physicians and which ones?

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