George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy
Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative Policy Research Brief No. 20
Health Care Costs; Access to Health Care; Safety Net; Underserved Populations; Government Funding; Community Health Centers; Disparities
On February 20, 2011, the United States House of Representatives approved more than $61 billion in discretionary spending reductions for the remainder of FY 2011. The legislation includes $1.3 billion in direct spending cuts for community health centers. Using the NACHC patient estimates, we present evidence on the characteristics of patients whose continuing access to health center services is at risk. We arrived at these estimates using data from the Uniform Data System (UDS), the federal reporting system in which all health centers must participate, as well as national estimates from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), and published reports on the health status of low-income populations.
Rosenbaum, S., Shin, P., & Ku, L. (2011). Who are the health center patients who risk losing care under the House of Representatives' proposed FY 2011 spending reductions? (Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative policy research brief no. 20). Washington, D.C.: George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy.