Threat Of Obamacare Repeal Leaves Community Health Centers In Limbo

The Federico F. Peña Southwest Family Health Center opened in 2016 to serve a low-income community in Denver. The clinic and its parent system, Denver Health, have benefited financially from the Affordable Care Act and its expansion of Medicaid.

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The Federico F. Peña Southwest Family Health Center opened in 2016 to serve a low-income community in Denver. The clinic and its parent system, Denver Health, have benefited financially from the Affordable Care Act and its expansion of Medicaid.

John Daley / Colorado Public Radio

Treating people for free or for very little money has been the role of community health centers across the U.S. for decades. In 2015, 1 in 12 Americans sought care at one of these clinics; nearly 6 in 10 were women, and hundreds of thousands were veterans.

The community clinics — now roughly 1,300-strong — have also expanded in recent years to serve people who gained insurance under the Affordable Care Act. In 2015, community health centers

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/02/22/515413111/threat-of-obamacare-repeal-leaves-community-health-centers-in-limbo?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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