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Medicaid Providers to Receive Higher Rates Under Health Reform in Washington

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington State's Medicaid providers with primary care or pediatric practices will receiving more money for their services under the new federal health care reform law.

The Affordable Care Act requires Washington State to start using the same rates as Medicare for certain primary care providers, pediatricians, family medicine practitioners and general internal medicine physicians.

Under the health care reform law, these services will get rate increases that will raise Medicaid reimbursements to the same level as Medicare payments. These rates backdate to January 1, 2013 and go until the end of 2014.

"Health care reform is bringing an estimated 350,000 new clients to Medicaid, and this rate equalization will be an important step in making sure all Medicaid clients have access to quality primary care," says Acting Director of the Health Care Authority MaryAnne Lindeblad.

For now, providers who qualify must go online and complete an Attestation Form, which will identify them as eligible for the higher payments.