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Member Research and Reports

Member Research and Reports

GW Finds Community Health Centers May Drop One Million Patients

A new report by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services examines the impact of federal and state policy decisions on community health centers (CHCs) and their ability to continue providing primary care to the nation’s poorest residents. CHCs provide the comprehensive high-quality primary care that can prevent or control chronic conditions and potentially avert costly future medical crises. The report, “How Medicaid Expansions and Future Community Health Center Funding Will Shape Capacity to Meet the Nation’s Primary Care Needs”, estimates that under a worst-case scenario, the nation’s health centers would be forced to contract, leaving an estimated one million low-income people without access to health care services by the year 2020.