Both Medicaid and Health Centers improve access to care for the nation’s most medically underserved. Medicaid is the largest source of health insurance for low-income and disabled people, while Community, Migrant, Homeless, and Public Housing Health Centers ensure that over 23 million underserved patients have a place for primary and preventive care. Health centers care for 1 out of every 7 Medicaid beneficiaries nationally and Medicaid represents 38% of total revenue – health centers’ largest source of financing and directly proportional to the percent of patients with Medicaid.
For those reasons, health centers depend on adequate Medicaid reimbursement to sustain the care of existing patient populations, and to expand services to meet growing demand.
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Status of PPS Implementation in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, State Policy Report #42
NACHC Issue Paper – an brief summary of the core CHIPRA provisions and what health centers need to do to prepare for implementation.
CMS State Health Official Letter 4.17.2009 – On Friday April 17, 2009, CMS issued a State Health Official letter further outlining the provisions of CHIPRA.