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Community health centers could be hurt by debt deal

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 

Molin Malicay, pictured at right, is CEO of the Sonoma County Indian Health Project. He is hopeful that the 20 percent of his patients without insurance will be covered when health care reform goes into effect in 2014. As Katharine Mieszkowski reports in The Bay Citizen, the budget cutting environment in Washington may place a strain on the expected growth.

 

The Obama administration is counting on community health centers, which currently care for one in six of the nation’s uninsured, to play a key role as federal health care reform extends coverage to some 32 million Americans by 2014...

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Medicaid escaped the hatchet in last week's federal debt deal. But $7 billion in cuts that have yet to be identified could include slashes to funding for community clinics.

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A pot of money available to help clinics open new locations shrunk to $40 million from $250 million in April, The Bay Citizen reported. Some $300 million for hiring new clinicians and increasing hours shrank to zero.

Advocates say preventative care offered at community health centers would save money in the long run. Read more in The Bay Citizen.

Photo: Katharine Mieszkowski

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