Health reform may leave big gaps in Medicaid coverage – for some, survey finds

Health reform may leave big gaps in Medicaid coverage – for some, survey finds

ObamaCare_bigThe Health Care reform is intended to keep everyone healthy in this country by mandating them to have coverage.  However, it is not surprising that this issue has a lot of politics behind it.  There is a group that is left out and those individuals are the ones that have medicaid.  Whether your Medicaid coverage will pay for basic preventive services such as colon cancer screening or vaccines depends on what state you live in, the team at George Washington University found.  The scariest aspect of this issue is that many states are not clear on what to cover this creates a huge problem, resulting in doctors not recommending care.

Health policy expert Sara Wilensky, says It shouldn’t be that hard. The easiest thing for states to do is to say we cover all U.S. Preventive Services Task Force A and B rated services.  “Federal policy makers highlighted the importance of covering these preventive services by requiring most insurers to do so, yet coverage for existing adult Medicaid beneficiaries is left to state discretion,” Wilensky and Gray wrote.

What does the health care reform law say about preventative services?

Insurers have to pay for anything rated A or B by the USPSTF if they want to offer policies on the new health insurance exchanges.  Under the 2010 healthcare reform law known widely as Obamacare, insurers have to pay for anything rated A or B by the USPSTF if they want to offer policies on the new health insurance exchanges.

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