Health Center News

CO: What Health Reform Means

By: Beau Boughamer

Another clip from the holiday break…

Two health center leaders — one from Salud Family Health Centers and one from Valley-Wide Health Systems in Colorado — contributed to a pro-health reform op-ed that appeared in the Denver Post.

The Senate version provides many benefits, including extending coverage to 30 million Americans, a feat unparalleled since the creation of Medicare. Families who are struggling will receive subsidies and benefit, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

We will also be able to choose our own doctor, and insurance companies will not be able to deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions. Exorbitant premiums based on one’s age, health or gender will also be prohibited. These are victories for all of us who are aging, facing health problems, or are female.


In order to attain quality measures, this legislation calls for $2 billion to $3 billion for the National Health Service Corps. This addresses our critical primary care work force shortage. Additionally, Community Health Centers will receive approximately $10 billion to expand on their high-quality, patient-centered medical home model.