Community Health Care Association of New York State, Inc.
Expanding Health Care Coverage
December 2011 – July 2013
The Affordable Care Act is expected to bring an influx of newly insured people into the primary care setting.
Increased primary care capacity is needed both to care for additional patients and to ensure a strong safety net for those who are left behind and remain uninsured. Therefore, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) became a cornerstone of health reform. In New York State, approximately 60 FQHCs are expected to double their capacity by 2015, serving nearly 3 million New Yorkers. It was critical that New York State develop a rational, data-based plan for building FQHCs’ capacity and expanding their reach.
In 2011, NYSHealth provided a grant to Community Health Care Association of New York State, Inc., (CHCANYS) to produce a statewide growth and sustainability plan that would identify key points of need and opportunity for building FQHC capacity; direct State attention and investments; and propose concrete strategies and effective models to increase primary care access.