Medicaid enrollees pleased with coverage, but still face obstacles

September 19, 2014

According to survey data from the research firm Perry Undem, Medicaid enrollees are generally happy to have coverage, though many are encountering roadblocks to receiving the care they want. Among survey participants in three different cities, Medicaid enrollees' experiences differed in important ways, access to care was much less of an issue in Denver, for example. Before obtaining new coverage, most people in the focus groups said they delayed medical care while they had been uninsured, and some in the focus group said they're facing medical debt for care that they couldn't delay. All the study participants said they feel better off with free or low-cost Medicaid coverage, and they worry less about being able to afford bills or see a doctor for ongoing health problems, The Washington Post reports.