- Community Health Centers: Recent Growth and the Role of the ACA
January 18, 2017
A new issue brief from The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation draws on 2015 UDS data and a comprehensive Survey of Health Centers' Experiences and Activites under the Affordable Care Act to provide a current snapshot of community health centers and their patients, analyze recent changes, and compare the experience of health centers in Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states. The report was authored by researchers at The Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (GW) and the Kaiser Family Foundation with additional funding support from the RCHN Community Health Foundation.
- Health Reform Repeal Could Cause 3 Million People to Lose Jobs and Trigger Broad Economic Disruption
January 5, 2017
A repeal of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could lead to significant economic disruption and substantial job losses in every state, according to new research. In 2019 alone, 2.6 million people could lose their jobs. These losses could rise to nearly 3 million positions in health care and other sectors by the year 2021, says this first-of-its-kind study. The study, from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University and The Commonwealth Fund, examines the impact of a potential January 2019 repeal of two parts of the ACA: the federal premium tax credits that help low- and moderate-income people purchase insurance on the health insurance marketplaces (also known as exchanges) and federal support for Medicaid. The report was supported by a combination of funds from The Commonwealth Fund, the Geiger Gibson/ RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative and the Milken Institute SPH.
- Health Center Trends: Recent Experience in Medicaid Expansion and Non-Expansion States
December 2, 2015
A new issue brief from The Kaiser Family Foundation examines the change between 2013 and 2014 in the volume and health coverage profile of health center patients, and enrollment activities and service capacity, comparing states that implemented the ACA Medicaid expansion in 2014 and states that did not.
- Patient Experiences With Family Planning in Community Health Centers
July 28, 2015
A new report issued by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative and the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health reports the findings of a unique study of nearly 2,000 women of childbearing age who receive health care services at the nation’s community health centers. The report is part of a series undertaken by lead author Susan Wood and colleagues to examine the role of CHCs in the delivery of family planning services.
- How Will Texas’ Affordable Care Act Implementation Decisions Affect the Population? A Closer Look
June 12, 2015
New analysis projects the consequences to Texans should the Supreme Court rule in favor of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell and provides insight into the economic burden to individuals and to the state that is created by a growing pool of uninsured people.
- Community Health Centers: A 2013 Profile and Prospects as ACA Implementation Proceeds
March 17, 2015
Part of an annual series of updates on community health centers produced by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured in partnership with the George Washington University’s Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy.
- Community Health Centers: A 2012 Profile and Spotlight on Implications of State Medicaid Expansion Decisions
September 5, 2014
A new policy 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.
- Health Centers and Family Planning Update
July 8, 2014
A new report issued by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative and the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health examines the potential impact of comprehensive federal guidelines aimed at improving the quality of family planning services on the nation’s community health centers
- A Profile of Community Health Center Patients: Implications for Policy
December 23, 2013
A new brief from The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, “A Profile of Community Health Center Patients: Implications for Policy” compares the patients served by community health centers to the general low-income population, using data from the Health Center Patient Survey and the National Health Interview Survey. The profile of CHC patients prior to the full implementation of the Affordable care Act is intended to provide a baseline profile and set the stage for measuring change following full implementation of the health reform law. The report was authored by researchers at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and the Kaiser Family Foundation, with additional support from the RCHN Community Health Foundation.
- “Providing Outreach and Enrollment Assistance: Lessons Learned from Community Health Centers in Massachusetts”
September 24, 2013
A new report by researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) finds that intensive outreach and assistance will be needed in order to connect millions of low-income Americans with the coverage they need under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The report, completed in partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation with support from the RCHN Community Health Foundation, takes a look back at the lessons learned during the Massachusetts health reform effort and finds that assistance to low-income people under the national expansion will need to be ongoing in order to ensure the success of the ACA.
- Quality of Care in Community Health Centers and Factors Associated With Performance
June 13, 2013
A new brief from The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured examines performance among community health centers for three key measures of primary and preventive care — diabetes and blood pressure control and timely Pap tests — using quality in Medicaid managed care organizations (MCO) as a benchmark. The study also identifies factors that differ significantly between high- and lower-performing health centers. The authors find that most health centers perform better than 75% of all Medicaid MCOs on the two chronic care measures, and more than 1 in 10 exceed this benchmark on all three quality measures.
- Community Health Centers in an Era of Health Reform: An Overview and Key Challenges to Health Center Growth
March 22, 2013
A new brief from The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured provides an update on community health centers three years after implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The brief gives an overview of CHCs’ current capacity, staffing and role in the safety net and highlights new challenges for the future growth of health centers. The report was authored by researchers at Geiger Gibson Program Collaborative at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and the Kaiser Family Foundation, with additional support from the RCHN Community Health Foundation.
- Health Centers and Family Planning: Results of a Nationwide Study
March 7, 2013
A new report provides the first in-depth examination of the role of health centers in providing access to family planning services. “Health Centers and Family Planning: Results of a Nationwide Study,” is based on a comprehensive and systematic survey, supplemented by case studies. Among the key findings is that while virtually all health centers furnish family planning services to some extent, for both financial and non-financial reasons only 1 in 5 is able to offer access to the full range of contraceptive services. The authors underscore the role played by Title X in assuring access to care in medically underserved communities and recommend strengthening partnerships between health centers and Title X family planning programs in order to reach the hardest-to-serve populations.
- New Policy Briefs Examine the Challenge of Health Center Growth and Medicaid’s Role in Strengthening Health Center Capacity
March 26, 2012
Two new issue papers from The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured analyze the growth of health centers over the past two decades and Medicaid’s role in propelling and sustaining that growth.