Advocates, doctors concerned about prenatal care access in state Medicaid overhaul

Aug 10, 2011

The following article was published in the Florida Independent on August 10, 2011:

Advocates, doctors concerned about prenatal care access in state Medicare overhaul

By Ashley Lopez

As Florida waits for approval from the federal government before moving forward with its plans to overhaul Medicaid, patient advocates remain concerned about problems with prenatal care access that plagued a five-county pilot program similar to the new statewide measure. 

Since Medicaid Reform was implemented in Broward County in 2006, a large number of my Medicaid patients have experienced significantly greater difficulties in accessing timely and quality care, including prenatal care for which timing is crucial. 

The state is now awaiting federal approval for its overhaul of Medicaid, which moves all Florida Medicaid beneficiaries into managed care programs. Elkin tells the Independent that as the state’s plan stands, “access to care will decrease and patient satisfaction will decrease.” 

Providers in the Medicaid Reform Pilot have left the system due to the program’s low reimbursement rates. Vitucci says that if the reimbursement rates are unsustainable for Healthy Start as well, there is no telling whether the organization will be able to continue to assist Medicaid beneficiaries.

Find this article here: