FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020
Statement attributable to:
Gary L. LeRoy, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians
“The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for responding to the concerns of physicians and other stakeholders by withdrawing the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation.
“MFAR would have potentially led to reduced federal funding for state Medicaid programs at a time when states are already facing significant budget shortfalls. This would have led to cuts in Medicaid payment, negatively affecting access to care for Medicaid beneficiaries.
“Adequate Medicaid funding is critical for ensuring family physicians have the resources to care for underserved populations and can accept new Medicaid patients as state Medicaid enrollment increases across the nation.
“Medicaid plays a critical role in providing access to primary care and other essential health services for millions of Americans. The withdrawal of this regulation will help to ensure beneficiaries can continue to receive the care they need amid the COVID-19 public health emergency and beyond.”
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