Analyses of repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have tended to focus on coverage. This study, which gauges the potential effects of repealing certain ACA provisions, looks at the question of primary health care access itself, with a focus on medically underserved communities. A survey developed and fielded in early 2017 asked community health centers to estimate the impact of ending the Health Centers Fund established under the ACA as well as ending expanded Medicaid coverage and subsidies designed to make private insurance affordable for lower income patients. Forty-one percent of health centers responded; 69 percent were located in Medicaid expansion states and 31 percent in non-expansion states. Responses were weighted to ensure representativeness.
Rosenbaum, Sara J.; Sharac, Jessica; Tran, Thao-Chi; Markus, Anne Rossier; Reynolds, David; and Shin, Peter, "How Could Repealing Key Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Affect Community Health Centers and their Patients?" (2017). Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative. Paper 66.