Health Centers Growing As Lower Cost Option to ERs
Monday, November 16, 2015
Medicaid expansion and federal subsidies for individuals to purchase private health insurance in Michigan has added several hundred thousand people to the mix of patients seeking physician, specialist, outpatient and inpatient hospital care including Federally Qualified Health Centers.
As a result, since 2012, Michigan's uninsured rate has dropped to 8 percent from 13 percent.
Over the past five years, the Affordable Care Act has provided $11 billion to Federally Qualified Health Centers to expand care to more than 20 million additional patients. In Michigan, 40 Health Centers and more than 250 clinic locations have received $385 million, have treated more than 21 percent more patients, and hired more than 900 employees.
Source: Crain's Detroit Business