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MACPAC Report Focuses on Medicaid Access and Costs

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MACPAC Report Focuses on Medicaid Access and Costs

June 19, 2012

On June 15, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) issued its semiannual report to Congress.

The report discusses the link between ensuring access to care for program participants and maintaining value in the services provided and notes the importance for state and federal agencies to track access to care and assess the impact of the programs' purchasing strategies.

The report also includes a description of ways providers are reorganizing primary and chronic disease care in order to provide better value for services provided, as well as an analysis of differences in access to care for different populations, including non-elderly adults with Medicaid, employer-sponsored insurance and no insurance. The report found that non-elderly Medicaid enrollees have significantly better access to care than the uninsured, but no significant difference in access when compared to those with employer-sponsored insurance.