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Supreme Court Ruling Affects Medicaid Program Expansion
States Can Choose to Not Participate and Still Maintain Basic Funding
"The Supreme Court said states can refuse to expand (their Medicaid programs) if they want to, and the federal government cannot penalize them by taking away their overall Medicaid funding for doing so," said Nichols. "That means the expansion of Medicaid is not a guaranteed outcome of the law's survival."
The effect of the Supreme Court ruling on Medicaid expansion will vary for family physicians depending on how many low-income patients they care for, said Nichols.
"A lot more people will be (Medicaid-) eligible if the (expansion) goes into effect," he said.
It should be noted, however, that the court's ruling on Medicaid expansion will not affect a provision in the Affordable Care Act requiring the federal government to increase Medicaid payment rates to Medicare levels for primary care physicians during the next two years.
"While the two-year life of the provision is altogether too brief, the payment bump will make a difference for family physicians, especially in states with low Medicaid rates," said Greg Martin, the AAFP's manager of state government relations.
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