Medicaid programs provide critical care to our most vulnerable populations, including pregnant women and children.
The COVID-19 pandemic has only underscored the importance of this coverage as workers are laid off and turn to Medicaid for care needs for themselves and their children. Unfortunately, many physicians are unable to accept new Medicaid patients because Medicaid only pays a fraction of the rates paid by Medicare and private payers.
Congress is currently considering legislation to implement elements of President Biden’s American Families Plan, which includes addressing health care coverage gaps. However, without further legislation to rectify inadequate Medicaid payment, expanded Medicaid coverage will not translate into increased access to care.
The Kids Access to Primary Care Act (H.R. 1025) would help ensure family physicians have the resources to care for Medicaid patients by applying the Medicare payment rate floor to Medicaid primary care services, ensuring the most vulnerable patients have access to the care they need and deserve.
Ask your Representative to cosponsor this critical legislation today.