The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging the 114th Congress to fund federal support for equitable payment in Medicaid for at least two more years.
Pediatricians often provide care for a large portion of Medicaid patients in a community. Unfortunately, Medicaid has historically paid well below Medicare rates for the same services. The Affordable Care Act increased Medicaid payment rates for primary care services to at least those paid by Medicare for calendar years 2013 and 2014. Despite ongoing advocacy by the Academy and its partners, the 113th Congress did not extend Medicaid payment parity. During the 114th Congress, the AAP will be advocating for retroactive reauthorization of the Medicaid parity program.
Take action today to protect children's access to care in the Medicaid program by visiting the AAP Advocacy Action Center.
From the Division of State Government Affairs:
From the Department of Federal Affairs:
- A one-page fact sheet on the need to extend the Medicaid payment increase
- The text of the bill introduced in the Senate during the 113th Congress to extend the Medicaid payment increase, as well as a press statement issued by the Academy supporting the measure
- A post on the Georgetown Center for Children and Families blog on the importance of extending the Medicaid payment increase by Marsha Raulerson, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Committee on Federal Government Affairs
- An op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by Molly Droge, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Subcommittee on Access, and Colleen McNicholas, MD, a gynecologist and member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women