New LDI-Led Study of Medicaid Access in Ten States

New LDI-Led Study of Medicaid Access in Ten States

42% of Primary Care Practices Not Offering Medicaid Appointments

A new study headed by LDI Senior Fellows Karin Rhodes and Dan Polsky that placed 13,000 appointment-seeking phone calls to 8,000 primary care practices in ten states found that 42% of those weren't offering appointments to new Medicaid patients. The project assessed primary care access patterns as the Affordable Care Act began its rollout. Co-authors of the work included LDI Senior Fellow Brendan Saloner and LDI Fellow Ari Friedman.

The study is also the subject of a post on the AcademyHealth blog.

Karin Rhodes and Dan Polsky.

The authors concluded that, "Although capacity exists, the ability to obtain primary care appointments among new patients varies across states and insurance status. As the largest insurance expansion in two generations unfolds, it will be important to track the effect on access to care for newly and currently insured patients and the costs for those who remain uninsured or select high-deductible plans.

Rhodes, MD, is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine's Division of Health Policy Research in the Penn's Perelman School of Medicine.

Polsky, PhD, MPP, the Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, is a Professor of Health Care Management at Penn's Wharton School and a Professor of Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine.

Saloner, PhD, is a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine; Friedman, MS, is an MD/PhD student in The Wharton School's Health Care Management and Economics Department.