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Half of Docs Listed as Medicaid Providers Unavailable: Report

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Dec 2014 04:39 PM

Large numbers of doctors who are listed as serving Medicaid patients are not available to treat them, federal investigators said in a new report.
 
The report raises questions about access to care for Medicaid beneficiaries under the Affordable Care Act, The New York Times reports. 
 
“Half of providers could not offer appointments to enrollees,” the investigators said in the report.
 
Many of the doctors were not accepting new Medicaid patients or could not be found at their last known addresses, according to the report from the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Obamacare is fueling rapid growth in Medicaid, with enrollment up by nine million people, or 16 percent, in the last year, the department said. Most of the new beneficiaries are enrolled in private health plans that use a network of doctors to manage their care.

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