Access to CareMeaningful access to health care services is crucial for the 72 million Americans who rely on the Medicaid program for coverage. As our nation moves towards better sharing and utilizing of information to improve health access, treatment, and outcomes, it is critical for us to work together to ensure continued access to preventive, primary, and specialty service that are needed to maintain the health and well-being of our most vulnerable populations. The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) has released a final rule that not only improves our ability to measure and ensure meaningful access to covered services, but also provides greater safeguards for beneficiaries who may otherwise experience great difficulty in receiving needed health care services.

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