Tips for choosing a primary care practitioner (PCP)

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Think about whether you want to keep the doctor or clinic you have now or choose a new doctor to be your primary care practitioner (PCP).

If you want to keep the doctor you have now, search to see if they work with one of the health plans. If the doctor works with the plan, you can choose your doctor as your PCP.

If you have Medicare and Medicaid, you can keep your Medicare PCP. If your Medicare PCP is not a Medicaid PCP, federal law requires that you will also need to choose a CHC health plan PCP for services that are covered by Medicaid.

If you want to choose a new doctor to be your PCP, ask people you know for names of doctors they like. Then search to see what health plans the doctors work with. Or you can search for providers near you.

To help you choose a PCP, think about your answers to these questions:

  • Is there a doctor you already like?
  • How far are you willing to travel to see a doctor?  To find providers near you, go to Find a provider.
  • Do you need a PCP who speaks a certain language? To find providers who speak languages other than English, go to Find a provider.