Medicaid is poised to expand in a big way — thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — but just who is going to treat those new patients?
That’s the major flaw of Medicaid expansion, according to new analysis from HealthPocket, a website that compares and ranks health plans.
Historically, Medicaid payments to doctors have been lower than payments from both private insurance and Medicare despite being for the same service. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Medicaid pays doctors only 66 percent of the amount Medicare pays for the same service.
PPACA includes provisions to raise reimbursements rates of Medicaid compared to Medicare and other plans, but those have not fully been implemented and offer only a temporary two-year increase.