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• Les Masterson reports that a study of Medicaid expansion found that it improve financial stability and increased access to care.
• How can funders work to further expand the benefits of Medicaid to improve public health?
• Learn about funding the fight to expand Medicaid in red states.
Community health centers in Medicaid expansion states have seen significant improvements in financial stability and the ability to provide affordable care to patients since the Affordable Care Act compared to non-expansion states, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund. More than two-thirds of community health centers in expansion states reported improved finances since the ACA compared to 41% of those in non-expansion states.
Health centers in expansion states were also more likely to offer value-based contracting, medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, behavioral health counseling and coordinated care with help from social service providers.
However, expansion states were also more likely to report unfilled job openings for mental health professionals and social service providers, according to the report.
Read the full article about Medicaid expansion by Les Masterson at Healthcare Dive.
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