The insurers selected to participate in Pennsylvania’s Healthy PA Medicaid expansion program are having a hard time persuading hospitals and doctors to join their provider networks.
Citing low Medicaid reimbursement rates, providers have been reluctant to work with the chosen insurers.
The state selected nine insurers to offer Medicaid coverage to approximately 600,000 new recipients beginning on January 1, but now, one of those insurers has withdrawn from the program and another is considering reducing the geographic region it intends to serve.
Originally, the Corbett administration said it hoped to have at least three insurance options in each of the nine regions created for the Medicaid expansion program. Now, it appears that two carriers per region is a more realistic expectation.
Read more about the challenges insurers are encountering in lining up participating providers, and how that problem could affect the overall Medicaid expansion effort, in this Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article.