CT Medicaid rates squeezed a bit but still higher than other states

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A new comparison published this month in Health Affairs finds that Connecticut Medicaid provider payment rates lost some ground between 2012 and 2019, but they remain higher than the US average and well above most nearby states.  Primary care rates are highest relative to other states than other services.

From 2012 to 2019, compared to Medicare rates, Connecticut’s Medicaid rates came down closer to the US average. Medicare rates are set to cover reasonable costs of care and vary between states. Over those years, the national Medicare-to-Medicaid ratio rose by 6% while Connecticut’s fell 16%. However, as Connecticut’s rates started a great deal higher than the US average in 2012, they have come closer but were still higher by 2019.

By 2019, Connecticut’s Medicaid provider rates remained higher than nearby states except Massachusetts.

By service, in 2019 Connecticut Medicaid rates for primary care were higher compared to obstetric care or other services and well above the US primary care average.