Two Washington doctors advocate raising Medicaid reimbursements so children can access quality healthcare

January 05, 2016

Dr. Andrea Posa, a pediatrician and a member of the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Dr. Michael Dudas, chief of pediatrics at Virginia Mason and president of the Washington chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, describe how children on Medicaid face big disadvantages when accessing medical care compared to their privately insured peers because Medicaid reimbursement rates are too low. They suggest the Washington state Legislature should raise the Medicaid reimbursement rate for children to match that of Medicare, an average investment of just $9 per child on Medicaid.