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Am J Public Health. 2015 Nov;105 Suppl 5:S651-7. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302867. Epub 2015 Oct 8.

The Affordable Care Act and Access to Care for People Changing Coverage Sources.

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Cara Orfield, Lauren Hula, and Michael Barna are with Mathematica Policy Research, Ann Arbor, MI. Sheila Hoag is with Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, NJ.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We investigated how access to and continuity of care might be affected by transitions between health insurance coverage sources, including the Marketplace (also called the Exchange), Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

METHODS:

From January to February 2014 and from August to September 2014, we searched provider directories for networks of primary care physicians and selected pediatric specialists participating in Marketplace, Medicaid, and CHIP in 6 market areas of the United States and calculated the degree to which networks overlapped.

RESULTS:

Networks of physicians in Medicaid and CHIP were nearly identical, meaning transitions between those programs may not result in much physician disruption. This was not the case for Marketplace and Medicaid and CHIP networks.

CONCLUSIONS:

Transitions from the Marketplace to Medicaid or CHIP may result in different degrees of physician disruption for consumers depending on where they live and what type of Marketplace product they purchase.

PMID:
26447919
PMCID:
PMC4627520
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2015.302867
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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