He can expand Medicaid and shrink it…at the same time!!!!
A stunning new report claims that 50 percent of the doctors who are listed as being under contract with Medicaid to treat patients are not available for appointments, according to The New York Times.
They are either not accepting new Medicaid patients or no longer lived at their last known addresses, according to the report from the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services.
“Half of providers could not offer appointments to enrollees,” the investigators, led by the inspector general Daniel Levinson said in the report, which was due to be released on Tuesday.
The investigators called participating doctors’ offices and found that they were often unavailable or unable to make appointments. More than one-third of providers could not be found at the location listed by a Medicaid plan, the newspaper said.
“In these cases, callers were sometimes told that the practice had never heard of the provider, or that the provider had practiced at the location in the past but had retired or left the practice,” Levinson told the Times. “Some providers had left months or even years before the time of the call.”
I can picture the doctor hiding in the supply closet hissing “Tell them I’m not here!”
“Over a quarter of providers had wait times of more than one month, and 10 percent had wait times longer than two months,” the report said, adding that the delays could cause serious complications for patients.
“For example, a number of obstetricians had wait times of more than one month, and one had wait times of more than two months for an enrollee who was eight weeks pregnant. Such lengthy wait times could result in a pregnant enrollee receiving no prenatal care in the first trimester.”
ObamaCare becomes law of the land; women, poor hardest hit!
Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is facing a new threat from an unlikely source: the law itself.
An additional 9.1 million Americans have been added to the Medicaid rolls in the year since the program expanded under Obamacare. But a scheduled cut in Medicaid payments — built into the law — could steer doctors away from taking new patients covered the program.
That’s because a temporary payment bump to Medicaid primary care doctors, included in the Affordable Care Act, is likely to expire at the end of the year. That will mean an average payment cut of 42.8 percent to Medicaid primary care doctors next year, according to a new Urban Institute analysis.
The federal Medicaid reimbursement to doctors vary by state, but they’re lower than the rates paid by private insurers and the Medicare program. And that affects doctors’ willingness to take new Medicaid patients.
Who wouldn’t take on more work for half the pay?
Why are you conservatives so hung up on big government?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!! Saps. Suckers.