So How Do Enrollees Feel About Their Medicaid Coverage?

posted by Alicia Caramenico

on July 18, 2017

Medicaid beneficiaries are overwhelmingly satisfied with their care and ability to see a doctor when needed, according to a study from Harvard School of Public Health researchers. More than 70 million Americans – low-income adults, children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities – rely on Medicaid for affordable coverage and access to quality care. More than half have Medicaid managed care plans, which are Medicaid benefits delivered by private health plans.

The survey published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows individuals who are enrolled in Medicaid have good health care and access to care. Enrollees gave the program an average rating of 7.9 out of 10, and 46 percent rated their Medicaid coverage a 9 or a 10.

While low physician participation in Medicaid is sometimes cited as barrier to care, 84 percent of enrollees said they had been able to get all their needed care in the past six months. And only 3 percent of Medicaid enrollees had trouble accessing care because of wait times or physicians not accepting their insurance.

This JAMA Internal Medicine survey echoes the results of a poll AHIP commissioned from Morning Consult, which found nearly 9 in 10 Medicaid beneficiaries (87 percent) are satisfied with their Medicaid coverage and benefits.

The research is clear: Medicaid works.

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