Some safety net clinics see drop in uninsured visits under Obamacare

January 12, 2015

Research suggests that the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is reducing the number of uninsured patient visits to community health centers. Community health centers provide primary-care services to low-income populations. Under federal funding rules, they cannot deny services based on a person's ability to pay and are viewed as "safety net" clinics. Researchers from Oregon Health & Science University report there was a 40% drop in uninsured visits to clinics in states where Medicaid was expanded during the first half of 2014, when compared to the prior year. At the same time, Medicaid-covered visits to those clinics rose 36%.