Report: Many U.S. Medicaid doctors often unavailable

December 10, 2014 3:34 AM

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A new federal report suggesting a substantial percentage of U.S. doctors who are supposed to see Medicaid patients are unable or unavailable to do so bolsters outgoing Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s claim that Pennsylvania’s working poor could be better served with private health insurance coverage.

In a report issued Tuesday, the U.S. Office of the Inspector General found that “slightly more than half of providers could not offer appointments to enrollees.” Medicaid enrollees are supposed to select their doctors from a list of providers connected to each Medicaid managed care plan.

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