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Primary care doctors can get Medicaid rate boost

CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors providing primary care in Illinois can get higher Medicaid reimbursement rates through the end of 2014.

Illinois officials are reminding doctors to sign up online for the higher rates, which are expected to increase by an average of 93 percent. If doctors sign up by June 30 they can get reimbursed at the higher rate retroactively to the beginning of this year.

Julie Hamos is director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. She says the temporary raise should help increase doctors' participation in Medicaid.

That's important because thousands of uninsured Illinois residents will be newly eligible for Medicaid in 2014.

The pay increase for primary care was authorized by the Affordable Care Act.

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Online: http://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/MedicalProvider/PCPAttest/Pages/default.aspx

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