Archive for September 2014
While the federal government has approved the Corbett administration’s proposal to expand Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania and serve the newly eligible through private insurance plans, it did not rule on a key component of the administration’s Healthy Pennsylvania proposal: reducing benefits for some Medicaid recipients. Instead, any changes in the state’s Medicaid benefits must still be negotiated with the federal government and remain subject to federal approval. For a closer look at the state’s Medicaid expansion plan and its implications, see this report in the “State House Sound Bites” section of the web site of public radio station WITF.
Medicaid patients use hospital emergency rooms more frequently than privately insured and uninsured patients but are not overusing or abusing ER services. So says the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) in a recent report that contradicts the widely held belief that Medicaid patients abuse hospital ER services. According to “Revisiting Emergency Department Use in Medicaid,” “Higher ED use among Medicaid enrollees is explained mostly by the higher rates and more severe cases of chronic disease and disability they experience relative to those who are privately insured and uninsured.” In addition, MACPAC found, “High ED use also can be a sign of poor access to primary, specialty, dental, and outpatient mental health care in other settings.” In 2012, … Read More