Pay Boost for Doctors Treating Low-Income Patients

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The boost under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is
good only for the next two years, even if the Supreme Court upholds
the law.

Administration officials say that, at least for a while, it will bring Medicaid payment rates in each state up to what Medicare pays.

Medicaid usually pays much less and many doctors don't accept Medicaid patients.

Medicaid covers about 63 million people, including one-fourth of all children. Doctors also will get higher payments for vaccinating kids.

If Obama's law is upheld, expect a lobbying campaign to make the two-year raise permanent.

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