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May 16, 2012

Doctors Treating Medicaid Patients Could Get Raise

Doctors with clients with medical care could receive more income in 2013 making it easier for people with physical/mental challenges to receive proper treatment.  In the past, payments to Medicaid clients have been largely lowered than fees produced by public insurance companies.  This study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

This problem causes so much stress that children with Medicaid are denied appointments 2/3 of the time.  When kids with Medicaid appointments are covered, they have to wait approximately twice as long as people with private insurance.     This makes it complicated for children with physical/mental challenges to schedule appointments.

“Today’s action will help encourage primary care physicians to continue and expand their efforts to provide checkups, preventive screenings, vaccines and other care to Medicaid beneficiaries,” said Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Medicare is known as the federal health program for seniors.  Federal representatives are suggesting a two-year pay increase that would put Medicare benefits in line with private insurance companies.  This change was documented in the 2010 health care reform law.

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