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 be 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.
And even if you do have insurance but your copay or deductible are too high, you qualify too!
Our centers will 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 more blatantly offensive so-called reasons.
We don't buy those excuses and defend that this kind of cherry-picking can only backfire. Let's follow the facts: If the clinic's staffing is a sunk cost, it shouldn't matter how low Medicaid pays. In our experience, Medicaid often pays faster than most commercial insurers.
By voting with your dollars to centers that believe in people before profit like ours, patients who can afford private insurance can feel good about giving business to a Medicaid-accepting clinic.
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.
Plus, why go to a clinic that attempts extract every penny it can out of you? Especially when there are clinics that genuinely want to help people with the highest quality treatment and facilities, no matter their financial situation.
Call any urgent care company you like (we're not going to call out names) 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.