U.S. Representatives Kim Schrier, M.D. (D-WA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Kathy Castor (D-FL) have introduced the Kids’ Access to Primary Care Act that will expand access to Medicaid by increasing reimbursement rates for doctors and expand eligibility for enhanced rates to additional providers.
“Many people have lost their jobs and health care during the pandemic, which has led to higher rates of Medicaid enrollment,” said Rep. Schrier. “As a pediatrician, I know that now, more than ever, it’s critical that children and families can receive the care they need in a timely fashion. This bill will make it easier for providers to accept new Medicaid patients and ensure patients receive necessary care to live full, healthy lives.”
Nationally, more than 36 million people rely on Medicaid programs for care. In Washington State, more than 800,000 children have health care coverage through Medicaid. And with the large loss of jobs and disruption of coverage because of the pandemic, Medicaid enrollments have increased, with more than six million more enrolled in Medicaid now than pre-pandemic.
“Medicaid covers one in three children in Pennsylvania. Now, more than ever, during this health pandemic, it is vital that we ensure all families in our communities have access to the care they need,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “Our bipartisan, Kids’ Access to Primary Care Act, will fix coverage problems, expand eligibility for additional providers, therefore broadening the provider network, and guarantee that families in Pennsylvania, and across our nation, are provided the necessary care to lead full, healthy lives.”
“Comprehensive health coverage under the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid is vital for women and children, especially during a health pandemic. Our pediatricians and primary care providers keep families healthy and well. Our bill ensures that all families in Florida and across the country receive the health care they need,” said Rep. Castor.
Lower Medicaid payment rates have created barriers to care, including difficulty scheduling appointments and longer waiting periods. Experts agree that higher Medicaid payment rates will increase access to care for Medicaid patients. The Kids’ Access to Primary Care Act builds on previous efforts to fix these coverage problems by increasing Medicaid rates to align with Medicare payment rates. It also expands eligibility for the increased payment rates to additional providers, broadening the provider network.
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