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Increase in doctors’ pay for Medicaid services off to a slow start
Washington Post

The Obama administration’s strategy of enticing more ­primary-care doctors to treat the poor by raising Medicaid reimbursement rates is off to a slow start.

Only a handful of states, including Maryland, have begun paying doctors at the higher rates, which average a 73 percent increase nationally. That’s because the administration did not issue the rules until November, and state officials say they haven’t had time to make changes and get the federal government to approve them.