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J Health Care Poor Underserved. 1999 Feb;10(1):122-37.

Termination from Medicaid: how does it affect access, continuity of care, and willingness to purchase insurance?

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Departments of Medicine and Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.


Welfare reform has raised fears that Medicaid recipients will lose coverage, yet efforts to insure the poor via waiver programs may fall short. A telephone sample of 351 enrolled and terminated members of a Medicaid managed care plan based in community health centers were asked about insurance status, source of care, willingness to purchase new insurance, and access. Of terminated families, 78 percent had one member without insurance, 93 percent retained a regular source of care (vs. 96 percent enrolled), and 86 percent retained the same source as before losing coverage. Only 11 percent of uninsured respondents were willing to pay $200 per month and 57 percent to pay $50 per month for replacement coverage, and they were more likely to report problems getting prescription medications and obtaining treatment for serious symptoms and to go without care because of the expense. Access to care is diminished for those who lose Medicaid coverage, even for persons attending community health centers.

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