Medicaid changes are in effect in Mississippi

January 1, 2019, WJTV, Ashli Coggins- The new year is bringing about changes to access for Mississippians on Medicaid. The state’s Medicaid division started the ‘EASE’ initiative, Enhancing Access to Services and Engagement, and some officials are hoping this step will improve the health of Mississippians.“The way that this is significant is that any additional visits to a beneficiary primary care physician is one visit that makes it less likely that that beneficiary will have to go to the emergency room,” Matt Westerfield the communication officer for M-DOM said. Starting this year those 22 and older on Medicaid will see an increase in the number of times they are able to visit a healthcare provider, from 12 to 16 visits per year. “We want to do anything we can to make our, I suppose reduce any administrative burden on our providers as well,” Westerfield said. State officials maintains this new move is a way towards preventative healthcare.

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