Posts Tagged State of the Safety Net

RAND: ACA Leaves 30 Million People Behind

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Direct Relief’s assistance programs within the U.S., funded entirely with private charitable support, have expanded significantly in recent years to help meet the needs of people who would otherwise not have access to health care. Since 2009, Direct Relief has been the sole U.S. nonprofit organization accredited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy as a Verified-Accredited Wholelsale Distributor (VAWD) […]

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How will the Affordable Care Act Affect Where 20+ Million People Receive Health Care?

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Online Project launched to Provide Perspectives from Leaders of Nonprofit Safety Net Health Centers and Clinics on Frontlines of ACA implementation SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—As millions of people across the country attempt to gain insurance access under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Direct Relief today released, “Voices of the Healthcare Safety Net,” a project that surfaces the perspectives of the healthcare […]

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Canaries in the Affordable Care Act Coal Mine

As the only nonprofit licensed to distribute Rx medications in all 50 states and conducting the largest charitable medicines program in the country with a network of roughly 40 percent of America’s nonprofit community health centers and charitable clinics, Direct Relief has a unique perspective on the gaps that exist in the healthcare safety net that exists in our country. […]

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Healthcare Reform and the Changing Landscape of Safety Net Providers

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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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Patient Assistance Programs Still in Demand after Healthcare Reform

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As healthcare reform continues to be implemented over the next few years, the nonprofit clinics and health centers that make up a key component of our nation’s healthcare safety net are projected to be one of the primary access points for health care for tens of millions of the most vulnerable people. The mission of safety net clinics and health […]

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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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