Rural Health Policy Project

Will New Medicaid Patients Be Able To Find Doctors?

WVTF Radio

By: Michael Pope

Hundreds of thousands of people in Virginia are about to gain access to health insurance through Medicaid. But will they be able to find doctor? 70% of doctors in Virginia re taking new Medicaid patients.

Joan Alker at Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families says 70% is actually a pretty good number from her perspective. And, she adds, the number of doctors taking new Medicaid patients in rural areas is 86%. “Rural areas really don’t have many providers, and that’s why I think we see some good news here — that’s a higher percentage of physicians in rural areas nationwide are accepting Medicaid patients.

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