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Support Your Local Community Health Center

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 19, 2014

"We know that the majority of the 30 million Americans who will remain uninsured even after reforms are fully implemented are folks who by and large will be uninsured simply because they cannot afford the premium costs of insurance coverage. Only a small portion will be uninsured because they are undocumented. The vast proportion will be too poor to afford insurance coverage."

We all know what will happen if funding dries up for community health centers. They will close, and access to primary care will get that much harder, especially for the poor and most fragile people in our poorest and most isolated communities. These people will delay care until it becomes so serious that they'll have to use the emergency room for episodic relief.

They'll get their care in the most expensive setting, and then get discharged back into their environment with no one coordinating their recovery or ongoing care, or creating any sort of sustained prevention or disease management plan. These people will almost assuredly end up back in the emergency room, assuming they don't die first.

It's time for providers everywhere to speak in support of community health centers. Their work is too important. They need your help and you need theirs.


John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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