Money problems, continued
Re: “NAPH presses states on Medicaid expansion,” ModernHealthcare.com, July 12: I think the elected leaders not wanting to expand Medicaid in their states are concerned about how they are going to pay for the expanded program.
Dr. Bruce Siegel is right to want to have those people covered, but the economic realities have to be considered. With many states already trying to cover huge budget shortfalls, adding 13 million to the Medicaid rolls isn’t economically sustainable. Another issue they will have to deal with is to determine if there are enough physicians willing to take Medicaid payments to provide care; I think that may turn out to be a bigger problem all across the country.