Timely access to specialists has been a longstanding concern for patients with Medicaid compared with patients who have private insurance.1 Thus, instituting requirements that Medicaid managed care plans adhere to timeliness and proximity standards seems like an excellent solution to a longstanding problem. However, as with so many things in health care, the issue is more complicated.
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