Ensuring Access For Primary Care For Women And Children Act

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Introduction H.R. 2253- Ensuring Access to Primary Care for Women and Children Act was introduced to the house May 5, 2015 (Congress, 2015). The Bill Sponsor is Rep. Castor , Kathy who is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and member of The House Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health and was cosponsored by Rep. Speier, Jackie on May 12, 2015 and Rep. Kirkpatrick, Ann on July 7, 2015. The Bill was referred to the House- Energy and Commerce and House Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration (Congress, 2015). As of 9/19/2015 no amendment information for H.R. 2253- Ensuring Access to Primary Care for Women and Children Act has been received (Congress, 2015). Environmental Even though Medicaid is a health insurance program for low income individuals, having coverage does not guarantee access to a physician and many of these patients are going without needed care (American College of Physicians, 2015). In the past Medicaid has been known to pay well below what private insurance and Medicare pays for primary care services and is one of the top reasons many providers do not participate in Medicaid (American College of Physicians, 2015). “In 47 other states Medicare pays up to 67% less than Medicare for the same primary care services” (American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2015). A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine states that
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