Medicaid expansion boost availability of primary care appointments in Michigan, study finds

July 21, 2015

According to a University of Michigan study, Medicaid recipients had an easier time scheduling a primary care appointment after the state expanded Medicaid to hundreds of thousands low-income adults under the ACA. The study found that 49% of clinics offered an appointment to researchers posing as patients before the April 2014 expansion, while 55% of clinics offered an appointment after. The "secret shopper" study found 88% of clinics could take patients with private insurance before the expansion, compared to 86% after. Michigan requires expansion participants to see a doctor within three months of being covered.
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