Health Reform Law: What Does it Mean for Community Clinics?
|April 8, 2010||Posted by ITUP under Blog||
In the next six months, billions of dollars in new federal grants will be available for FQHCs, school-based health centers, community-based health centers, and nurse managed health clinics. The individual mandate, health insurance exchanges, and premium subsidies will bring our nation towards near-universal coverage and community clinics will become more important than ever in delivery quality and coordinated care. As a lynchpin of the safety net, clinics will need to collaborate with managed care organizations, counties, and the state in order to take advantage of the competitive market through the Exchange.
The next three ‘implementation years’ are crucial in order to become reform-ready. We have opened a Discussion at the Community Clinic Voice to facilitate dialogue in this regard, and will use the discussion to respond to questions and concerns, as well. Your input will help inform ITUP’s collaborative work going forward.