By: Beau Boughamer
As the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) approaches, the media are looking at the effects of the economic downturn and the degree to which stimulus spending has mattered. At health centers, those investments certainly have mattered — they’ve translated into expanded care at health delivery sites across the country.
Marketwatch published a lengthy feature and a video report on increased demand at health centers over the past year. Featured were the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium and Westside Family Healthcare in Delaware; the piece also quoted NACHC’s Amy Simmons.
As more people lose their jobs — and their health insurance — community health centers are stepping in to fill a growing need. These centers, which offer comprehensive primary and preventive care services, are an increasingly important safety net as high unemployment grinds on. They’ve been serving primarily low-income and uninsured patients for more than 40 years, but they’re being put to the test as newly uninsured people discover they can go there for care regardless of their ability to pay.
Watch the report!