What Makes Medicaid, Medicaid? Access

Executive Summary

Medicaid is designed to include many protections that ensure that beneficiaries get more than a coverage card. Medicaid ensures that beneficiaries have access to a range of services specifically designed for their needs. In this fourth paper in our “What Makes Medicaid, Medicaid?” series, NHeLP experts explain the provisions and protections that ensure Medicaid beneficiaries gain access to quality health care services.

For additional information about unique and important aspects of the Medicaid program, check out our entire What Makes Medicaid, Medicaid? series. And for a high-level overview of this paper, see our Highlights: What Makes Medicaid, Medicaid? – Access factsheet.

This paper was originally published in 2017 and an archival copy can be found here.

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