Medicaid pay rates for doctors in many states traditionally have been extremely low – so low that most physicians didn’t want to participate in the program, or take on more Medicaid patients than they already had.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Medicaid had paid only 59 percent of what Medicare did for primary care before that.
The Affordable Care Act raised the rates for primary care providers to be equal to Medicare pay. Medicaid had paid only 59 percent of what Medicare did for primary care before that, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The snag: the Medicaid “bump” lasted for only two years, until the end of 2014. And Congress has not renewed it, although there has been a bit of preliminary talk about it. Continue reading