One year ago tomorrow, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act.
Community Health Centers now serve 23 million patients and provide care for one-fourth of all primary care visits for low-income citizens in our country. The Affordable Care Act has been one more step towards health centers throughout the nation caring for 40 million patients by 2015. The two greatest statistics that show the effectiveness of community health centers are
- Cost per patient per day is nearly a dollar lower than all physician settings ($1.67 v. $2.64)
- Medicaid beneficiaries who choose health centers for primary care are 19% less likely to use the ER for unnecessary visits and 11% less likely to be hospitalized.
The expansion of HealthNet’s Southwest Health & Dental Center, People’s Health & Dental Center, and the soon-to-be Barrington Health & Dental Center has benefited the Indianapolis area greatly. These expansions will allow HealthNet to reach a greater number of underserved areas and provide services to more patients who otherwise would go without primary and preventative health care or unnecessarily use the ER.
However, there are still areas of HealthNet (not supported under ACA) that need expansion. Areas such as
- Homeless Initiative Program – serving more than 3,200 homeless persons in Indianapolis
- Better Indy Babies/Healthy Families – making more than 14,720 visits to families in at-risk homes in Marion County
- Social Services – providing support to families living below the poverty level which is one in every 16 people in Marion County
- Radiology/Mammography Assistance – helping uninsured women who are less likely to be screened for breast cancer
- School-based Services – assisting more than 3,320 students in receiving health care and health education in 8 public and charter schools in Marion County
- Health Promotions – a free service that includes a dietitian, tobacco cessation counselor, and childbirth specialist
In light of the one-year anniversary of the signing of the ACA into law, we want to highlight the successful expansion of our community health centers throughout Indianapolis, but also ask for our COMMUNITY’S help in expanding our outreach services to reach further and build a healthier neighborhood for everyone.
You can help us reach those in need by making a quick donation online or by mail. Visit our donation page to learn more about these programs and ways to assist HealthNet