Health Care Reform
On March 23, 2010 President Barack Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. One of the most important things health care reform will accomplish is improve access and affordability to health care. Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as “health care reform”) by 2014 32 million more Americans will be able to access affordable health insurance and health care.
As part of health care reform, direct investments have been made to the expansion of community health Centers, as community health centers primarily serve low-income, uninsured, and low English proficiency populations. Health reform will also expand insurance coverage and Medicaid, a joint federal and state health insurance program for low-income people. As a complement to this federal law, California adopted the Section 1115 Medi-Cal Waiver, a program that will extend health coverage and access to care for Californians. These expansions mean that more people can afford to seek the primary and preventive care health centers provide.
In Santa Clara County, by 2014 an estimated 47,000-50,000 people will be newly insured as a result of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Community Health Partnership’s network of community health centers are poised to serve this new patient population, as community health centers and clinics are commonly the first place low-income and uninsured people turn to for health care.
In order to fulfill health care reform’s promise to increase health care access and improve quality of care, we are working with partners such as the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, and other community based organization to ensure that the needs of medically underserved populations in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are acknowledged and met.
Health Care Reform Resources
Visit the following web pages for further information about the impact of health care reform: