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Medicaid Recipients to See Easier Primary Care Access in 2013

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The start of the new year will have a positive impact on patients who use Medicaid.

As of January 1st, primary care doctors in Michigan will be getting higher medicaid reimbursements as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Reimbursements will go up 125 percent.

This will not only give medicaid recipients easier access to primary care physicians, but allow doctors offices to hire on more staff and have longer hours.

The new reimbursement rate is guaranteed to last until 2014. Opponents of the Affordable Care Act say it costs the government too much money.

9 & 10's Meredith Barack and photojournalist Joel Deaner spoke with a primary care physician about what it will mean for him and other doctors in Michigan.