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  • Don't Expand Medicaid—One-Third of Doctors Are Already Opting Out of It

    A new study reveals that nearly one-third of doctors nationwide are unwilling to accept new Medicaid patients.

    The reason is that the government doesn’t pay enough to cover the cost of treating them. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary, Medicaid physicians were paid only 58 percent of what private insurance paid in 2008.

    The new study illustrates the correlation between Medicaid provider reimbursement and patient acceptance rates, stating that “acceptance rates of new Medicaid patients were higher in states with higher Medicaid-Medicare fee-for-service fee ratios. On average, a ten-percentage-point increase in fee ratio raised the acceptance of new Medicaid patients by four percentage points.”

    Obamacare attempts to remedy this problem by increasing Medicaid payment rates for primary care to match those of Medicare. The study suggests that this may help increase access to care for Medicaid beneficiaries. However, the pay increases are temporary. After 2014, either Medicaid physicians will take a huge pay cut or taxpayers will be asked to step up and maintain the increased rates.

    The increased payment rates are scheduled to disappear the year after Obamacare asks—rather than requires (thanks to the Supreme Court decision)—states to expand Medicaid eligibility to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The Congressional Budget Office projects that, even if some states opt out of the expansion, 11 million more Americans will be added into Medicaid by 2022, making access to care even more scarce.

    A Medicaid expansion will offer health coverage, but that is far different from being able to receive health care. With such a severe access problem already existing in today’s Medicaid program—and getting worse under Obamacare—this is yet another reason states should reject an Obamacare Medicaid expansion and hold out for real health care reform.

    To read about health care reform that would put patients first, click here.

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    One Response to Don't Expand Medicaid—One-Third of Doctors Are Already Opting Out of It

    1. Bobbie says:

      What brought the government to this level of intrusion of personal health care besides their abuse of the American peoples' constitution this government vowed to protect they circumvent? Weak people disrespectful to the power and dignity this document contains. The dishonorable authority over the people running the peoples' government doesn't know people personally but can use abusive power of indecency? Government has no right restricting, legislating, mandating, regulating doctors, livelihoods or peoples personal being. The role of government is to make sure we're not being poisoned or harmed domestically or foreign by food, products, people etc. the rest is our responsibility from the cost to the finish.

      Because the government is truly overextending it's purpose, shows the true intent of the people working in government to lay burdens where there's no constituted complaint to cause honorable doctors who protect their patients' health from the dangers of government to contemplate their services because of outside government intervention who now honor people that have a medical degree to give a title to who don't possess self sufficiency, self reliability, who support government intervention who doesn't have the qualities or ethics to self govern the way doctors had before this take over. They can't even live up to the Hippocratic oath so in case there's a conflict of interest, they'll get off the hook!??? That's not comforting! 100% of doctors would be fighting against this government intrusion if it wasn't true! What other reason does government have to force their way into our personal lives if there isn't some special, deeper interest unknown to the people, the criminality of the people running government has government interests in the make?

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