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Medicaid Enrollees: Access and Quality Are Good

Medicaid beneficiaries are generally satisfied with their access to care and the quality of care they receive.

Or so reports a new study based on results of the federal Medicaid Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey for December of 2014 to July of 2015.

According to the survey, nearly half of Medicaid patients rated their overall care 7.9 or greater on a scale of 10; 84 percent reported that they had been able to receive all of the care they needed over the past six months; and most were generally satisfied with the coverage.  Relatively few reported problems finding providers willing to accept their Medicaid coverage.

Survey results generally were slightly more positive in Medicaid expansion states than in non-expansion states.

Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals serve especially large numbers of Medicaid patients.

Learn more about how Medicaid beneficiaries view the quality and accessibility of the care they receive in the JAMA Internal Medicine report “What Enrollees Think of Medicaid | Health Care Reform,” which can be found here.

Filed in Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals.

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