The research, which includes interviews with community health leaders from Wichita, Kansas; Nogales, Arizona; Pittsburg, Kansas, and others, shows that health centers' ability to provide care for both their insured and uninsured patients is being adversely affected in the following ways:
-- Barriers to Access:
Rather than curtailing enrollment of ineligible individuals, the
reforms are affecting American citizens and documented immigrants. The
policy has erected particularly daunting barriers to healthcare access
for U.S.-born children and, ironically, for American Indians and Alaska
Natives, whose tribal documents may not always be officially recognized
by the federal government.
-- Financial Ramifications:
Because of significant delays in the Medicaid application and
enrollment process, health centers suffer adverse financial
consequences while they continue to serve patients awaiting coverage
The interviews may be viewed at http://www.rchnfoundation.org/snapshots.
In 2006, health centers -- the largest source of comprehensive primary
care for low income patients -- served more than 15 million patients,
including 5.3 million Medicaid beneficiaries and one quarter of the
nation's children living at or below the poverty level. Medicaid accounts
for 37 percent of all health center operating revenues. Results from this
|SOURCE RCHN Community Health Foundation; George Washington U.Medical|
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved