When enrolling for Medicaid, individuals can locate providers in their areas through their state's Medicaid website's provider search or through a physician search tool like ZocDoc.com. It's important to find out whether a person's current provider accepts Medicaid because using a Medicaid doctor is required to have the services and prescriptions covered, warns IndianaMedicaid.com.
Using a state's Medicaid provider search usually involves typing a ZIP code and selecting a radius to look for providers. There are usually questions asking what type of provider is needed such as a general hospital, nursing facility, dentist, mental health professional or general physician. Users may be able to specify whether they need to find a primary care physician and search by physician or facility name, if available. Searches might have options to check who accepts new patients or those who are pregnant, narrow down providers by gender or language or look for a specialist, shows the Ohio Medicaid Consumer Hotline.
The other option is using ZocDoc.com or another provider search website that lets users search by type of insurance. ZocDoc.com has a Medicaid insurance search option where users can type their locations, specify the type of doctor or specialist needed and then see a list of results of providers. These results sometimes include additional features including reviews from previous patients, online appointment scheduling and biographies of the providers.