In the 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. Senior Attorney Abigail Coursolle, Senior Policy Analyst David Machledt, and Senior Attorney Wayne Turner write, “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.”
- Under current law, states have tremendous flexibility in designing their Medicaid programs to determine low-income people eligible and enroll them in coverage.
- Medicaid operates efficiently by ensuring that low-income people are enrolled into coverage when they need it.
- Medicaid coverage is designed to provide continuous coverage for pregnant women and newborns.
- Medicaid ensures that beneficiaries can get to their medical and specialty care appointments through transportation assistance.
- Medicaid contains protections designed to get beneficiaries who need prescription medication access to their treatment quickly.
- Medicaid gives beneficiaries the right to access the providers they need to treat their health conditions.