Medicaid Expansion Helping FQHCs

Federally qualified health centers have benefited from Medicaid expansion, a new survey has found.

According to a new Commonwealth Fund report, a survey comparing FQHCs in states that expanded their Medicaid programs to FQHCs in states that did not expand their Medicaid programs found that FQHCs in expansion states are:

  • more financially stable
  • more likely to provide behavioral health services, including medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, counseling, and coordination of care with social service providers
  • more likely to engage in value-based care

Because of Medicaid expansion, FQHCs now are paid for services they previously provided at no charge to low-income, uninsured patients.

Learn more about the differences, why they occur, and their implications for patients and communities in the Commonwealth Fund report “The Role of Medicaid Expansion in Care Delivery at Community Health Centers.”

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