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Health Care Reform
Aug 8 2011

Safety-Net Providers and Preparation for Health Reform: Staff Down, Staff Up, Staff Differently

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Los Angeles, California.

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(15):1319-1320. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.338

Although the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, the major expansion of health insurance promulgated by the bill does not occur until 2014. At that time an estimated 23 million uninsured Americans with incomes below 133% of the federal poverty level will gain Medicaid.1 An additional 17 million persons will be eligible for subsidized coverage under a health insurance exchange, some of whom currently have private coverage. An estimated 24 million persons will remain uninsured, including undocumented persons.

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