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Medicaid Changes in 2015 and Why You Need to Know About Them

Cropped SingleCare logo By | September 11, 2015

With the Medicaid system constantly being overhauled, it can be difficult to keep up with the details of your coverage.

It would be wonderful if your Medicaid benefits were plain and easy to understand, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Recently, the program’s policies have undergone a number of changes, and as a result, many Americans who depend on Medicaid still don’t know if and how they’re affected.Let’s take a look at some of these recent alterations and at what you can do to make the best of your current medical situation, with some help from the A Place for Mom blog.

Medicaid in 2015: A Work in Progress

The good news is that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is offering Americans more access to Medicaid than ever before. Recently, The Home and Community-Based Services Plan was expanded, allowing eligible citizens to receive treatment in their homes or at their local community center.

This plan is notable in that it shifts Medicaid away from its reliance on waiver programs and nursing facilities.

There have also been new efforts made to help Medicaid recipients keep track of their various prescription medications and procedures. These care coordination and case management tactics are designed to enable a more streamlined approach to medicine. This additional tier of organization is intended to eliminate as many complications as possible from the doctor/patient relationship.

Finally, several community-based initiatives have been implemented within the Medicaid program itself. When an individual patient’s income rises to the point that they no longer qualify, the Money Follows the Person campaign ensures that the money they would have received for treatment is used to facilitate their reintroduction to paying for their own care.

Other efforts have been made to give patients the opportunity to stay in touch with friends, family, and their larger support system as they get older, a prime example being the Long-Term Services and Support Fund.

Getting What You Need

Unfortunately, this expansion of Medicaid services has also made the program more expensive on the whole, and has implemented stricter eligibility requirements. Despite the new benefits and options Medicaid now offers, some citizens may find that the policy’s new complexities and added costs could become an impediment to receiving proper coverage.

Luckily, there are effective alternatives available to you. For individuals that need to make regular visits to the doctor or undergo special procedures, as well as those just looking for cheaper prescriptions, SingleCare may be just the ticket. Specializing in affordability and simplicity, SingleCare offers a convenient way to keep you healthy and happy, allowing you to pay for only what you need.

How else can SingleCare help? It allows users to compare prices between doctors for specific procedures and services, providing a transparency that is not often found in the modern healthcare landscape. Prices are pre-negotiated, and often pass along savings of up to 50% to members. And there are no monthly premiums or high deductibles — you only pay for what you use.

Since SingleCare is a healthcare provider and not an insurance company, you won’t have to give up your current plan if you don’t want to. Instead, you can use SingleCare to fill expensive holes in your existing coverage and save money and headaches in the process.

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