Medicaid members were as likely as those with private coverage to have seen a general practitioner in 2019, despite being less likely to have a usual place for receiving medical services, according to a new report from the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program Payment Access Commission.
Ninety percent of individuals with private coverage said they had a usual source of care, compared with 86.5% of Medicaid beneficiaries, according to MACPAC's analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey data from 2019.
The issue brief, released this month, found that those without coverage lagged behind both groups, with 59.1% of uninsured respondents saying they had a routine source for treatment. The uninsured were more than twice as likely as those with private insurance or Medicaid to list an urgent care clinic as their normal site of service. Those without coverage also logged the same portion of overnight stays at hospitals as those with private coverage, or 6%.