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Access to Primary Care: So Far, So Good

The increase in the number of insured Americans as a result of Affordable Care Act reforms is not yet causing major problems with access to primary care services.

While access problems have been reported in a few states – most notably Colorado, Kentucky, and Washington – providers are generally reporting that their preparations for an anticipated increase in the number of people seeking primary care services have enabled them to meet the expected increase in demand for such care.

Stock PhotoAt the same time, however, insurers and providers note that they expect a second surge of increase in patients seeking primary care as those who enrolled in Medicaid and purchased insurance shortly before the April deadline begin to receive their insurance cards and start seeking care.

Learn more about the demand for primary care as Affordable Care Act reforms take effect and what to expect next in this Kaiser Health News report.

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