How states and insurance companies fail Medicaid patients

December 12, 2014 2:26 PM

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It's no secret that Medicaid struggles to attract as many doctors as other health-care plans do. Less clear is what makes that so hard. Everyone assumes it's all because of Medicaid's low payment rates. But a government watchdog suggests it may have more to do with the way states run the program.

Medicaid covered almost 70 million Americans at some point last year, and Obamacare will continue to swell the rolls, adding as many as 15 million people by 2020. It's important to make sure those people are able to get care. Yet more than one in 10 Medicaid beneficiaries have trouble finding a doct...

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