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Data Note: Medicaid’s Role in Providing Access to Preventive Care for Adults

Chronic illness is prevalent in the adult Medicaid population. Preventive care, including immunizations and regular screenings that permit early detection and treatment of chronic conditions, improves the prospects for better health outcomes. This Data Note focuses on Medicaid’s role in providing access to preventive care for low-income adults.

No, Medicaid Isn’t Broken

With Medicaid about to be a focal point of debate in the Senate, Drew Altman’s Axios column looks at why the idea that the program is broken is more urban legend than fact.

6 Things to Know About Uninsured Adults with Opioid Addiction

This fact sheet highlights the characteristics of uninsured adults with opioid addiction and the important role Medicaid plays in facilitating access to treatment. It also describes the potential impact of Medicaid restructuring as proposed in the American Health Care Act.

Data Note: A Large Majority of Physicians Participate in Medicaid

About 70% of all office-based physicians accept new Medicaid patients, including two-thirds of primary care physicians and close to three-quarters (72%) of specialists. The percentage of physicians accepting new Medicaid patients varies widely by state, ranging from 39% to 97%. In one-quarter of states, more than 85% of physicians accept new Medicaid patients, including 10 states where at least 90% do. There is no evidence that physician participation in Medicaid is declining.

Proposed Medicaid Section 1115 Waivers in Maine and Wisconsin

While Congress continues to consider repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as fundamental changes to the structure and funding of the Medicaid program, states and the Administration may achieve major changes to Medicaid through the use of Section 1115 Medicaid waivers. In April, 2017, Maine and Wisconsin released for public comment at the state level proposed waivers that include many of these provisions. Unlike previous waivers that encompass the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, Wisconsin and Maine are seeking waiver authority to make significant changes to Medicaid that would affect non-expansion Medicaid populations.

10 Things to Know about Medicaid: Setting the Facts Straight

The Medicaid program covers 1 in 5 Americans, including many with complex and costly health and long-term care needs. Most Medicaid beneficiaries would be uninsured or underinsured without it. President Trump and other GOP leaders have called for major changes to Medicaid, including caps on federal funding. In the debate, some Medicaid critics have made statements that are at odds with data, research, and basic information about Medicaid. This brief highlights 10 facts about Medicaid to inform policy that may have significant implications for the program.

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