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How do you find out if a doctor accepts Medicaid?

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According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the best way to find out if a doctor accepts Medicaid is to check the Physician Compare application found on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid website. This tool allows for searching by name, zip code, state, county and more.

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There are many other health care directories that list facilities, professionals and services that might accept Medicaid or Medicare. The individuals listed on these websites may not have this information listed, requiring thorough research and cross-referencing. If nothing else works, calling the facility or professional in question clears up whether they accept Medicaid or not.

Medicaid is a federal medical program with laws that vary from state to state. Some states have more restrictive rules about Medicaid that make it more difficult to find a professional or facility that accepts it.

Medicare.gov lists several search functions in order to locate facilities that accept Medicaid. This search tool checks for hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis facilities, home health services, health professionals and local health or drug plans. This search tool makes comparisons between the results for users to locate the health service that they need, comparing details such as costs and types of service offered.

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