Massachusetts clinics are busy.
Community health centers in Massachusetts saw a significant increase in their patient load from 2005 to 2007, as the state implemented its health reform law, according to a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The 34 federally qualified clinics, which provide comprehensive primary care for low-income and uninsured patients, served 482,503 patients in 2007, up more than 51,000 from 2 years earlier, the foundation reported. The state's reform aims at universal coverage, but many people remain uninsured. Although the number of health center patients lacking insurance declined, the clinics in 2007 cared for a much larger proportion (36%) of the state's uninsured population than before. The experience in Massachusetts shows that community health centers play a critical role in caring for newly insured patients while continuing to serve as the primary safety net for those who remain uninsured, the report concluded.
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|Title Annotation:||POLICY & PRACTICE|
|Publication:||Internal Medicine News|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||May 1, 2009|
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