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Congress Approves Additional Health Care Reform Provisions
Reconciliation Bill Requires Medicaid Payments to Match Medicare Payments
By News Staff
"It increases loan forgiveness and loan repayment for medical students," said Heim in an interview with AAFP News Now. "We think that is going to help increase the numbers of primary care physicians."
Heim described the reconciliation and health care reform bills as a "very good platform to go forward from."
"But if we stop with just the provisions that are in the bills, it will be insufficient to grow the number of primary care physicians that we need," said Heim.
For example, the provision in the reconciliation bill requiring Medicaid to pay primary care physicians at the same rate as Medicare for primary care services should be extended beyond 2014, said Heim.
The recently enacted health care reform legislation expands Medicaid eligibility to 133 percent of poverty for all nonelderly individuals, a provision that is likely to increase the number of Medicaid recipients, according to Heim. "It doesn't make sense to increase the number of Medicaid eligible patients but to then allow Medicaid rates to go down to the point where physicians will not be able to care for those patients," she noted.
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