If you earn more than the threshold requires you to qualify for Medicaid and still don't have enough funds to be able to afford private health insurance, then you are in what we call the "Healthcare Gap". We have developed a number of solutions which do not require insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare, which are easily and affordably accessed.
“In states that haven’t expanded Medicaid, the coverage gap prevents the [Affordable Care Act] from working as intended – and the burden is not felt just by impoverished, uninsured residents. It’s shared by hospitals, businesses, state budgets, and residents who have private insurance.” –healthinsurance.org
Even if you do have insurance but your copay or deductibles are too high, you qualify too!
Our centers never turn away those don't have Medicaid. Other clinics have both privately and publicly stated their reasons for turning away those using Medicaid with, "Medicaid doesn't pay enough" or "Medicaid doesn't pay quick enough" among other dubious “reasons”.
We don't buy those excuses. Let's follow the facts: If the clinic's staffing is a sunk cost, it shouldn't matter how low Medicaid pays. Plus, in our experience, Medicaid often pays faster than most commercial insurers. And even if they didn’t, it’s still about doing the right thing.
By voting with your dollars to facilities that believe in people before profit, facilities like 24/7 Healthcare, patients who can afford private insurance can feel good about supporting a clinic that accepts Medicaid.
My hopes are that we can share this information and persuade those Medicaid-rejecting clinics to see the error of their ways. Maybe it'll help the patients with commercial insurance who these clinics crave after, make a decision to only go to a place that treats all humans equally.
Moreover, why go to a clinic that attempts to extract every penny it can out of its patients when there are clinics that genuinely want to help people with the highest quality treatment and facilities? Regardless of your financial wealth, we want to see all out patients prosper.
Call any urgent care company you like and ask them a simple question, "Do you accept Medicaid?" That'll tell you all you need to know.
Let's stand together as a community, end the cherry-picking, and build a better experience for all.