Medicaid enrollment increased in recent years as more people became eligible because of the economic downturn. The majority of states currently struggle to ensure that there are enough Medicaid providers to serve beneficiaries, especially dental and behavioral health providers. States point to low Medicaid payment rates, administrative complexity and a general shortage of providers in certain areas as adding to the challenge. The ACA's Medicaid expansion (in the states opting to implement it) and outreach provisions to get most American's covered will add to the trend of increasing enrollment in Medicaid. States are exploring ways to attract new providers and maximize the efficiency of the existing workforce. Watch this video to learn more about this issue.
Speakers in this video include Charles J. Milligan Jr., deputy secretary for health care financing at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Lynn Dierker, a principal at Health management Associates.