Improving Access to Health Care: Medicaid, Telehealth and the Health Workforce
State policymakers play an important role in improving access to quality, affordable health care through multiple avenues—including coverage, services, timeliness and workforce—while also containing costs to the state. Medicaid provides coverage to 1 in 5 Americans and is a major driver of state expenditures, accounting for nearly 20% of state spending. As policymakers consider ways to make the program more efficient while also responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are exploring policy options to leverage telehealth and enhance the health workforce to ensure adequate, timely and quality delivery of health care services. Learn about various strategies to improve access to care through Medicaid, telehealth and health workforce development, including national trends and state examples.