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Community Health Centers

Supporting Pennsylvania's health centers in increasing access to quality primary health care for all

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Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers serves as the collective voice for Pennsylvania's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FHQCs), FQHC Look-Alikes (FQHCLAs), and non-profit Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).  Our members are unique nonprofit primary care facilities that provide a wide array of services to Pennsylvanians in underserved areas of the state. There are nearly 300 sites in 52 counties serving over 800,000 Pennsylvanians.  At these primary care facilities, patients will receive high quality care at a price they can afford with sliding fees based on income and family size.

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Friday, May 03, 2019

May 3, 2019 Outreach and Enrollment News

Survey of Enrollment in 50 States

A telephone survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows data on Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility, enrollment, renewal, and cost sharing policies as of January 2019. Over time, Medicaid has evolved from a program with limited eligibility and burdensome enrollment rules that excluded many low-income adults and created barriers to enrollment for eligible individuals to a modernized program that, along with CHIP, provides a broad base of health coverage for the low-income population and more effectively and efficiently connects eligible individuals to coverage. Click here to view the entire report.

 

High Deductible Health Plans Linked to Delayed Diagnosis & Treatment

A new Health Affairs study finds that women with low incomes who had high-deductible insurance plans waited longer for both diagnosis and treatment. The study finds waits of an average of 1.6 months longer for diagnostic breast imaging, 2.7 months longer for first biopsy, 6.6 months longer for first early-stage breast cancer diagnosis and 8.7 months longer for first chemotherapy, compared with low-income women with low-deductible plans.

 

Non-Medical Switching

Nothing stops commercial insurers in Pennsylvania from changing coverage at any time during the year, even when consumers are locked into a plan. This short video explains non-medical switching and gives important information about HB 853, which would put an end to it.

 

Addressing SDOH and Enabling Services Data Collection

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Centers (AAPCHO) and Health Outreach Partners presented an informative and useful webinar on tracking and the evaluation of enabling services as a value to health centers and a way to address patient social risks. Topics included AAPCHO's enabling services accountability project, enabling services data collection, the benefits of partnerships with social service agencies and the implementation of the PRAPARE tool. Azara Healthcare provided a live demo of a robust data collection system, report features and examples of use of the collected data. The slides can be viewed along with the webinar recording.

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