How Is The Primary Care Safety Net Faring in Massachusetts? Community Health Centers In The Midst of Health Reform
This report examines how community health centers, which provide comprehensive primary care for low-income and uninsured patients, have fared under Massachusetts’ health reform law. Community health centers saw a significant increase in patient load amid the state’s efforts to improve health coverage by expanding public programs and making private insurance more affordable.
That experience shows that community health centers play a critical role in caring for newly insured patients while continuing to serve as the primary care safety net for those who remain uninsured.