Posts Tagged Medicaid

Healthcare Reform and the Changing Landscape of Safety Net Providers

Venice Pharmacy

On the eve of healthcare reform implementation, safety net clinics and health centers treating the most vulnerable people around the country are preparing for changes that could bring increased access to insurance coverage for many of their patients. In review of the largest data set on clinics and health centers, Direct Relief found that health centers collectively treat more than […]

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Nonprofit Clinics Fill Gaps from Cuts to Medicaid Dental Coverage

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After suffering from excruciating, prolonged dental pain, Mary (name has been changed to maintain confidentiality) stopped brushing her teeth, stopped eating and stopped smiling. As a low-income adult with mental illness from a lifetime of abuse, the only words she told Dr. Quynh Nguyen were “it hurts so bad” as she stared timidly and ashamed at the floor of Eastside […]

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Medicaid patients surpass uninsured at safety net clinics, but why?

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Direct Relief’s State of the Safety Net 2012 report observed a major shift since 2007 in the number of Medicaid patients seen at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) relative to the number of uninsured patients. By 2010, the number of persons using Medicaid exceeded the number of uninsured for the first time since data was collected on FQHCs. Subsequent conversations […]

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