Under Financial Strain, Community Health Centers Ramp Up Coronavirus Response

March 27, 2020, KHN, Will Stone – On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced $100 million in supplemental funding for community health centers to support the response to the coronavirus pandemic.“Health centers are playing a critical role,” said James Macrae, associate administrator at the federal Bureau of Primary Health Care. About 29 million people in the U.S. rely on community health centers, which provide care to low-income and uninsured patients. As hospitals take on more COVID-19 patients, community health centers are reworking how they care for patients. Some safety-net clinics have instituted new infectious disease protocols and temporarily shifted resources away from routine primary care.

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