The “Ask”: Call or email members of the Georgia House and/or Georgia Senate Health Subcommittees of their respective Appropriations committees and ask them to maintain the current pay rates for pediatricians and other Medicaid Primary Care Providers.
The Why: Medicaid doctors are about to lose a boost in payments provided by the Affordable Care Act that got them closer to Medicare and private insurance rates. A recent study shows that those payments helped increase the use of healthcare services by children and other Medicaid patients. If Georgia does not restore this ACA boost, reimbursements will be set back to pre-2009 levels which may cause doctors, including pediatricians, to no long take Medicaid patients. Fewer doctors means less access to healthcare for approximately 1 million Georgia children who are enrolled in Medicaid.
The Message: “Dear Representative/Senator _______________, Please make sure that the 2016 state budget maintains the reimbursement rates that Medicaid Primary Care Providers have been permitted over the last two years. Better reimbursements have allowed and encouraged more pediatricians to provide services to children enrolled in Medicaid. As I’m sure you realize, nearly 28% of Georgia’s children live in poverty and more than 1.7 million children are enrolled in public health insurance. I’m sure you also know that a child’s chance of growing up strong, healthy and productive diminish significantly when there is not access to a doctor on a reliable basis. Thank you for your service and for all you do for Georgia’s children.”
The How: Click here to find contact information for members of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee and click here to find contact information for members of the Health Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee