Rethinking safety-net access for the uninsured
Health insurance reform has begun, but safety-net programs that support the uninsured throughout the United States are struggling to adapt their missions to suit the post-reform composition of the uninsured population. Many programs are organized at the local level, with funding largely determined on their serving low-income uninsured residents. Examples of these programs include well-structured comprehensive care programs in major cities, more than 1,000 limited-service free clinics, and dozens of volunteer physician referral programs.
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