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Report Analyzes Impact of Medicaid Decision on Community Health Centers

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Report Analyzes Impact of Medicaid Decision on Community Health Centers

July 30, 2012

On July 19, the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative released the report, How the Supreme Court's Medicaid Decision May Affect Health Centers: An Early Estimate.

The report analyzes the impact on community health centers if states choose not to implement the Medicaid expansion provided for in the Affordable Care Act. The report makes the case that if fully implemented, the expansion will double the capacity of community health centers, providing care for approximately 19.8 million new patients. If not expanded, the report states that the capacity to serve additional patients would be reduced by nearly 27 percent, or 5.3 million new patients.

The report also includes a state-by-state breakdown of the number of individuals who will be affected by the states' decisions about whether to implement the Medicaid expansion.