Medicaid will be expanded. The federal government will cover the cost of the expansion for the first few years, and then the increased cost will be passed to the states. Poor states with low tax revenues and large poor populations will be hurt the worst.
Medicaid currently has the lowest across-the-board payment rate in the country. While many people will be now eligible for Medicaid who weren't before, in many areas they will have difficulties finding a doctor who is willing to take them. In my area, doctors offices already limit the amount of Medicaid patients they are willing to take. In areas with doctor shortages, the problem will most likely be worse.
at 1:36 PM on Mar. 21, 2010