The Massachusetts General Hospital will begin offering care to indigent patients, the hospital said Thursday, a move that comes as more than 2 million people rely on its Medicaid program.
Smith added that patients will be able to call or text to get a free check-up and appointment with a physician. “
As we are the largest health care provider in the state, we are also one of the largest providers of Medicaid in Massachusetts.”
Smith added that patients will be able to call or text to get a free check-up and appointment with a physician.
The hospital also will offer free tests, diagnostic tests, medical exams and hospitalizations to the indigent population.
Massachusetts has one of four programs in the U.S. that provide supplemental health care to the uninsured.
Other states have expanded coverage for Medicaid recipients, including Florida and Texas.
The other states that do not have supplemental coverage include Alaska, Arizona, Colorado and California.
is one of only three states that offer health care coverage to indigents, the most of any state.
The others are Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts.
The state’s Medicaid program has been criticized by lawmakers and advocates who say the money for the program is too low.
The program was set up in 1993 by a law signed by President Bill Clinton, who expanded Medicaid coverage.