Access to Care for Low-Income Medicaid and Privately Insured Adults in 2012 in the National Health Interview Survey: A Context for Findings from a New Audit Study

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Access to Care for Low-Income Medicaid and Privately Insured Adults in 2012 in the National Health Interview Survey: A Context for Findings from a New Audit Study

Abstract

This brief uses national data to provide context for a 10-state audit study which found lower availability of new patient primary care appointments but similar wait times for Medicaid as opposed to private callers. It finds that the vast majority of Medicaid adults had a usual source of care and that few reported that they had had problems finding a general provider. These findings suggest that despite the more restricted number of practices with new patient appointment availability for Medicaid patients found in the audit study, Medicaid enrollees were getting connected to primary care providers at high rates in 2012.

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