Geiger Gibson / RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative, issuing body.
Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy, issuing body.
Milken Institute School of Public Health, issuing body.
[Washington, D.C.] : George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, May 9, 2014
This report provides updated estimates of the number of community health center patients who are expected to gain insurance coverage under health reform. Our original report that estimated the impact of the ACA on uninsured health center patients was based on 2011 Uniform Data System data, while this updated analysis uses 2012 data and includes New Hampshire among the Medicaid expansion states. We estimate that were all states to expand Medicaid, 5.2 million uninsured health center patients would gain coverage nationally. But because 24 states have not done so, nearly 1.1 million patients will remain uninsured. Health center patients living in southern states are disproportionately affected. Among health center patients denied Medicaid, approximately 71 percent live in the South. In 2014 alone, health centers in states that do not expand eligibility will forgo $569 million in revenues, which would have been invested in health care in medically underserved communities. By contrast, health centers in expansion states will realize more than $2.1 billion for expanded health care in 2014 as a result of the Medicaid expansion, which is projected to insure an additional 2.9 million patients.
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