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Member Research & Reports

GW Study Finds ACA Has Increased Health Insurance Coverage of Patients Served by Migrant Health Centers

Patients who receive care at migrant health centers located in Medicaid expansion states are increasingly likely to have Medicaid, according to a report published today by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University (GW). The researchers examined national survey data on the nation’s agricultural workers and analyzed data from community health centers, including trends over time in insurance coverage of patients at health centers that specialize in caring for agricultural workers and their families.

The report, “How are Migrant Health Centers and their Patients Faring Under the Affordable Care Act?” documents the major role played by health centers that receive migrant health funding in providing health care services to agricultural workers.

According to the study, three factors might account for the impact of the Medicaid expansion on migrant health centers and their patients: (1) high poverty among agricultural workers; (2) the growing tendency among agricultural workers to settle and work in one state rather than migrating across state lines, which in turn may increase the likelihood that they will qualify for Medicaid in their state of residence; and (3) rising Medicaid coverage rates among non-farmworker patients served by health centers that receive migrant funding.

Read more about the report.