A new report shows that Medicaid programs are failing to deliver adequate medical services to the low-income populations they were designed to serve including nursing home residents. The non-profit consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen issued a report ranking Medicaid programs by how they met and surpassed federal mandates in four categories: eligibility, scope of services, quality of care and provider reimbursement.
Fifty-five million, mostly low-income Americans get their health care coverage through their state Medicaid program. The worst Medicaid programs in the country, according to Public Citizen, are those in Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas.
Public Citizen ranked states by the optional health care services that states provide beyond legally mandated services.
“Medicaid desperately needs nationwide uniform standards of quality of care and an effective means of monitoring and upholding those standards,” said Ms. Ramirez de Arellano