NEW: Community Health Centers Now Serve Over 22 Million People
America's Health Centers now serve 22.3 million patients nationwide in more than 9,000 communities. This is according to an updated analysis by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). That growth has been made possible by investments from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The new data also show:
Health centers currently provide 88.3 million patient visits annually. Over 36 percent of health center patients are uninsured (one of seven uninsured Americans). Over 39 percent rely on Medicaid or SCHIP and over 14 percent have private insurance.
Health center patients also continue to live in economically challenged conditions. Over 71 percent live below poverty and more than 92 percent are considered low-income.
The growth of health centers to meet the demand for care also means jobs in rural and medically underserved communities. Health centers employ 153,000 people across the nation. Yet, despite this growth, the need for primary care persists in communities everywhere. A recent report by NACHC showed that 60 million Americans still lack regular access to a primary care provider.
To learn more please contact NACHC's Research Department.
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