States are starting to prepare for the crunches that may come in healthcare by 2014, that’s the year the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare, goes fully into effect.
Some states are lowering the number of allowed brand name prescriptions to recipients of Medicaid, according to a recent article. Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois and Mississippi are a few states that have already enacted such laws based on the thought that within a couple of years the federal program will be flooded with additional recipients who will qualify for such assistance.
Some believe this is a move to encourage more individuals to utilize generic drugs rather than brand names.
The Obama administration has increased the qualifications for those patients who would not normally qualify for federal help so that they can now do so under the proposed changes that will be going into effect. With so many more people in the program, it will be difficult for the states to be able to maintain the population that they are currently helping.
Another step that states are also taking to prepare is finding ways to bring more doctors into the medical field. Due to so many more people who will soon be eligible for insurance and have greater access to healthcare, there’s a shortage on doctors.
Some states have started medical programs at their universities to help accommodate the increased demand, with the understanding that it still takes almost ten years to properly educate a doctor.
This could lead to even poorer healthcare in the United States if a need arises to rush doctors through medical school. You will have doctors who haven’t been properly educated and those who may not have gotten the best grades working on you, just so they have a person to fill that position.
It seems that while states are moving in the right direction and starting early, realistically it may not be enough time to get the country ready for a change of this magnitude.