California Healthline: Community Health Centers Face Financial Strain From ACA Enrollees

Many individuals who enrolled in bronze exchange plans — which come with high out-of-pocket costs — have been unable to pay for care at community health centers, which is putting a strain on CHCs’ finances, Modern Healthcare reports.


There are about 9,000 CHC facilities that offer care to about 22 million U.S. residents, according toModern Healthcare. CHCs receive federal funding and are not allowed to refuse care to patients if they are unable to pay. About 20% of the 7.3 million individuals who purchased coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanged enrolled in bronze plans, which tend to have low premiums but higher out-of-pocket costs, including coinsurance, copayments and deductibles of up to $5,500 per person. In addition, individuals enrolled in bronze plans do not qualify for federal cost-sharing subsidies, which are available to those with silver plans.

Financial Challenges for CHCs 

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