Chris Colameco

Medicaid “Fee Bump” extension proposed in President’s budget

Feb. 2, 2015

President Obama’s proposed budget, released today, included $6.29 billion to re-institute the “Medicaid fee bump” for primary care services through December 31, 2016. The proposal would increase pay rates to Medicare levels and expand eligibility to obstetricians, gynecologists, and non-physician practitioners, such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

Bumped-up Medicaid Fees for Primary Care Linked to Improved Appointment Availability

Jan. 21, 2015

Did the two-year Medicaid “fee bump,” fully financed by the federal government, succeed in its goal of improving primary care availability for growing numbers of Medicaid patients? Most states, facing the decision of whether to use state funds to continue to pay for Medicaid primary care services at Medicare levels, were unconvinced, and Medicaid fees returned to previous levels in 34 states as of January 1, 2015.