Health Center News

2006 Factoid Snap Shots

  • The U.S. Census announced the number of U.S. residents without health insurance increased by 1.3 million to a record 46.6 million individuals, or almost one in six Americans.
  • The largest and fastest growing segment of uninsured is young adults between the ages of 19 and 29, according to a Commonwealth Fund report.
  • The number of U.S. employers offering health benefits at no cost to employees decreased, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  • George Washington University School of Public Health issues a study showing that the health center quality of care is as good or better than other primary health care providers.
  • The Journal of the American Medical Association released a study showing that shortages of physicians – more than 400 vacant positions for family physicians – may threaten health center expansions.
  • NACHC issued a report (Legacy of a Disaster: Hurricane Katrina: One Year Later), in August documenting that Health Centers in over 30 states treated nearly 70,000 evacuees, mostly uninsured, in the weeks after Katrina – and many were still treating them a year later.
  • NACHC, Harvard University’s Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement, the Community Clinics Initiative, and The California Endowment, issued a fact sheet showing that while 18% of private, office-based primary care physicians reported using electronic medical records, only 8% of health centers currently report using a full EMR.