Health Center Federal Policy

Health Centers and Health Reform, By the Numbers

By John Sawyer

As Congressional leaders in both the House and Senate hash out final versions of health reform legislation for each chamber to consider next month, health centers are at the heart of proposals to expand access, improve quality and control costs.  We here at HCH thought it would make sense to do a quick run-through of some of the numbers flying around in the current health reform debate (read to the end, the last is most important):

Congressional Committees that have passed health reform bills: 5 out of 5.

Republican votes in favor, so far: 1.

Key Health Center provisions we’re fighting for in the House bill: 5.

House “aye” votes needed to pass reform legislation: 218.

Key Health Center provisions we’re fighting for in the Senate bill: Six.

Senate “aye” votes needed to pass reform legislation: 60.

Largest one-year appropriations increase in the history of the Health Centers program: $207 million.

First year funding increase, on a guaranteed basis, for Health Centers under the new Public Health Investment Fund in the House health reform bill: $1 billion.

New, guaranteed funding for Health Centers under House Public Health Investment Fund, over 5 years: $12 billion.

New patients projected to be served by Health Centers by 2014 under the House proposal: 26 million

Current private insurance reimbursement for Health Centers (as a percentage of costs): 58%.

Current Medicare reimbursement for Health Centers (as a percentage of costs): 72%.

Current Medicaid reimbursement for Health Centers (as a percentage of costs): 85%.

Amendments passed by the Finance Committee to bring Medicare and private reimbursement for health centers to Medicaid levels: 2.

Current bills that would require exchange plans to contract with Health Centers: 4 out of 5.

Cosponsors on House Resolution supporting role of Health Centers in health reform: 94.

Cosponsors on Senate Resolution supporting role of Health Centers in health reform: 30.

U.S. residents without insurance: 46 million.

U.S. residents with nowhere to go for primary care: 60 million.

Failed attempts to bring about fundamental health reform in the past century: Five.

Minutes it will take you to call your Representative, and make a difference in bringing meaningful care to millions: Five.

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