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House Votes to Strengthen Medicaid

On March 1, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously supported the Ensuring Access to Quality Medicaid Providers Act (H.R. 3716) to strengthen the Medicaid program. The legislation, also supported by the White House, would ensure that providers terminated from Medicare or a state Medicaid program for reasons related to fraud, integrity or quality are terminated from all other state Medicaid programs. It would also require state Medicaid programs that operate fee-for-service and/or primary care case management programs to include an electronic directory of physicians who served Medicaid patients in the prior year on the Medicaid program’s website. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill’s reforms would save $15 million by eliminating payments to fraudulent providers.