The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act, Health Reform, Public Health, Community Health Centers, Health Center, Primary Care
In 2012 nearly 1,200 federally funded community health centers were providing access to care for a predominantly low-income population in medically underserved areas across the country. As health insurance coverage expands under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the demand for primary care increases, the role of health centers is likely to increase, and the ACA’s large investment in the health center program provides new resources to help meet growing needs.
This brief provides a pre-ACA snapshot of health centers that can help in understanding the impact of state decisions about the ACA Medicaid expansion on health centers as health reform unfolds in the coming years.
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Shin, Peter; Sharac, Jessica; and Rosenbaum, Sara J., "Community Health Centers: A 2012 Profile and Spotlight on Implications of State Medicaid Expansion Decisions" (2014). Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative. Paper 38.