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Safety Net; Community Health Centers; Disparities; Health Reform


This policy brief profiles health centers and the patients they serve, discusses how health centers are funded, and traces the history of health center growth. It closely examines the recent reduction in both federal appropriations and state grants for health centers, state cutbacks in benefits for adult Medicaid beneficiaries, and the anticipated impact of President Obama's FY 2013 request for federal funding for health centers. Finally, it looks ahead to both the challenges and opportunities health centers face as the nation prepares for 2014, when the ACA will be fully implemented.


Issue paper prepared for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Reproduced with permission of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. This publication (#8098-02) is also available on the Kaiser Family Foundation's website.

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