HHS: Care is hard to find for many new Medicaid enrollees

September 28, 2014

Enrollment in Medicaid is surging as a result of the ACA, but the Obama administration and state officials have not done enough to ensure that new beneficiaries have access to doctors after they get their Medicaid cards, according to a report by the HHS. The report found state standards for access to care varied widely and were rarely enforced and as a result, Medicaid patients had to wait for months or travel long distances to see a doctor. Many consumer advocates, according to The New York Times, want the federal government to set stricter standards, but many insurers say they have been able to hold down premiums by providing access to a limited group of doctors and hospitals.