State’s low reimbursement rates for Medicaid put young patients at risk – The Columbian

While this is about Clark County, the issues raised here are exactly the same for Jefferson.
As stated in the articles left side panel on Facts:

Medicaid reimbursements for pediatric care in Washington decreased more than 35 percent in 2015, when a two-year federal provision to maintain Medicaid-Medicare equity ended.

Read the whole story and get the facts at

https://www.columbian.com/news/2018/dec/02/states-low-reimbursement-rates-for-medicaid-put-young-patients-at-risk/

 

 

In Rural Washington, Pediatricians A Scarce Commodity -KUOW

More on the slow motion collapse of our health care system. The problem, across the board is that medical professionals are getting squeezed by both State healthcare systems and large insurance companies. If you aren’t willing to raise your taxes to cover your physicians costs, you won’t have one. Here’s a case study right here in our state.

For the past 16 years, Jill Hutton has been managing a pediatric clinic in Aberdeen that once treated 70 to 100 children a day. But now it’s empty. She’s working on shutting it down

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http://kuow.org/post/low-medicaid-reimbursement-rates-made-rural-pediatric-clinics-scarce

NYTimes: New Blood Pressure Guidelines for Children

A disturbing report that seems to show that even with our much vaunted electronic records systems,along with the demands of the insurance companies to pay for only one issue per visit, our medical system is failing many children with high blood pressure.

Study after study has demonstrated that elevated blood pressure is correctly diagnosed in less than one-quarter of the children who have it.

NYTimes new blood pressure guidelines