Urge your Senator to Support Increased Funding for Primary Care!
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health/Human Services recently adopted an MSMS-initiated budget proposal that would provide a Medicaid rate increase for primary care services. The budget bill which contains the funding, Senate Bill 828, appropriates nearly $95 million toward the initiative. Senate Bill 828 successfully passed the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health/Human Services on April 20, 2022, and now resides in the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.
Lower payment rates in Medicaid have historically created substantial barriers for Medicaid beneficiaries in accessing health care, and these low reimbursement rates combined with increasing Medicaid enrollment exacerbates the financial instability of physician practices that provide essential care to Medicaid patients. The Medicaid uplift, which applies to both adult and pediatric primary care services, will expand access to care for Medicaid beneficiaries, support primary care and physician practice sustainability, and improve patient health. Now, more than ever patients need timely access to primary care, and this important initiative will ensure that physician practices stay open to continue caring for patients who trust them. Please contact your Senator today and urge them to support the Medicaid primary care rate increase in Senate Bill 828.