Kaiser Family Foundation: Increasing Medicaid Primary Care Fees for Certain Physicians in 2013 and 2014

This policy brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation describes section 1202 of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, which authorized increased payments during calendar years 2013 and 2014 to primary care providers under the Medicaid program at rates equivalent to payments to primary care providers under the Medicare program. Nationally, Medicaid primary care providers are paid 59 cents vs. $1 for comparable services paid to Medicare primary care providers. This comparative rate is even lower, or 42 cents for Medicaid primary care providers in New York, and 43 cents for Medicaid primary care providers in California.

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