Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cuts in Medicaid payments leave few treatment options for patients

A recent article in the New York Times, describes how some Medicaid patients are finding it difficult to seek treatment for themselves or their children as fewer medical professionals are taking patients covered by the insurance. With the new health law, there will be a temporary two-year increase in Medicaid payments for some primary care services, but not for specialists.

This leaves mothers like Ana Smith in a difficult space as she has found it difficult finding a mental health professional who will take Medicaid to provide care for her young son, Draven. It also has made it difficult for another woman, Nicole Dardeau, who needs surgery to repair three herniated disks in her neck. Unfortunately, Dardeau has not been successful in finding a surgeon who will take her on as a Medicaid patient.

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