Forum Session

Focus on Reform: Health Care Safety Net-Related Provisions
July 16, 2010


Jessamy Taylor, MPP


This session examined the current state of the health care safety net and key health reform provisions impacting safety net providers. Speakers reviewed and commented on provisions related to health insurance coverage and provider payment, service capacity expansion, and payment and delivery system reform. They discussed opportunities and challenges for successful implementation, the changing nature and role of the health care safety net in communities across the country, and issues for continued and future consideration.


Peter Cunningham, PhD, Senior Fellow, Center for Studying Health Systems Change; Peter Shin, PhD, Associate Research Professor of Health Policy, School of Public Health & Health Services, The George Washington University; Karen Minyard, PhD, Executive Director, Georgia Health Policy Center; Deborah Bachrach, JD, President, Bachrach Health Strategies LLC

Slides from the presentations by Dr. Cunningham, Dr. Shin, Dr. Minyard, and Mr. Bachrach are available for download.

Related Materials

For more information on community health centers, see the related publication, "The Fundamentals of Community Health Centers" (Background Paper, August 31, 2004.

See also:
Laurie E. Felland et al., " The Economic Recession: Early Impacts on Health Care Safety Net Providers,"  HSC Research Brief, January 2010.

Health reform-related policy briefs from the Georgia Health Policy Center:
"An Overview of Health Reform," April 16, 2010; "Implications of Health Reform for Community-Based Organizations," May 24, 2010; "The Impact of Health Reform on Health Care Providers," June 2, 2010; "State Implications of Health Reform in Georgia," May 3, 2010

Institute of Medicine, America's Health Care Safety Net: Intact but Endangered (Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2000).

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