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The philanthropic community has examined access from many angles, seeking to break down barriers created by costs, culture, geography, system structure, and differing notions about who and what should be covered by both public and private insurance. In this era of health reform, GIH is working to inform and connect health funders who are interested in ensuring that vulnerable people with problems accessing the health care system are able to get the care they need.

Contact Ann McMillan for more information about our programming in this area.

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May 2019

Some states are increasing requirements to address longstanding, discriminatory barriers to health care services for limited English proficiency (LEP) individuals, according to the National Health Law Program's 2019 edition of its 50-state survey of state law requirements on language access needs in health care. Yet in many states, progress is piecemeal.

May 2019

A key challenge for states in ensuring access to care for the 85.3 million Medicaid beneficiaries is having a sufficient number of providers. The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) recently found that higher Medicaid fees are associated with higher rates of physicians accepting new Medicaid patients. For this Health Affairs article, MACPAC contracted with the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) to analyze 2014–15 data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, asking physicians if they had accepted new patients and, among those accepting new patients, whether they accept Medicaid as a payment source for these new patients.

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