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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - http://www.ahrq.gov/data/safetynet/
The health care safety net—the Nation's system of providing health care to low-income and other vulnerable populations—was recently described as "intact but endangered." The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Health Resources and Services Administration are leading a joint initiative to monitor it.

CDC Study Indicates Many Americans Lack Regular Source of Health Care -- AAFP News Now -- American Academy of Family Physicians

Congress Provides Six-Month Reprieve From Medicare Payment Cuts -- AAFP News Now -- American Academy of Family Physicians

Institute of Medicine – America’s Health Care Safety Net – Intact but Endangered Summary of full report - http://www.iom.edu/Object.File/Master/4/118/FINALSAFETYNET4PAGERCOLOR.pdf. Link to full report - http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=9612. Other IOM health care reports available here - http://www.iom.edu/CMS/3718.aspx.

National Conference of State Legislatures – http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/safety.htm
Access to Health Care Resources - http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/accessother.htm

Public Health Reports - Public Health Reports (PHR) is a journal of the U.S. Public Health Service. Since 1999, Public Health Reports has been published by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH). Report on State Efforts to Measure the Health Care Safety Net - http://www.publichealthreports.org/userfiles/119_2/119125.pdf

Study: Hospitals seek alternatives to ED for non-urgent patients-- Many safety-net hospitals are attempting to help non-urgent patients in their emergency departments establish “medical homes” for preventive and primary care, according to a study released today by the Center for Studying Health System Change. Some are adding primary care capacity and working with hospital specialty care clinics to treat more patients needing follow-up care, the authors said. Others are helping patients with non-urgent conditions identify other providers and schedule appointments. However, the amount of primary care available through clinics and health centers varies by community, and overall demand for care typically exceeds supply, the authors said. Also, adding staff and health information technology to redirect patients to outpatient settings strains safety-net providers’ limited funds, they said. The study looked at public and not-for-profit hospitals that serve large proportions of low-income, uninsured and Medicaid patients in 12 nationally representative communities

HRSA State Planning Grants - http://www.statecoverage.net/hrsa.htm - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) state planning grants (SPG) program has been an important resource to states and U.S. territories looking to develop strategies to improve insurance coverage in their states. Grantees receive funding to collect new data and study health insurance trends in order to develop coverage options for their uninsured.


State Coverage Initiatives of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Literature Search

Florida Governor's Task Force on Access to Affordable Health Insurance Final Report Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Feb-04. Click for more information.

Indiana Safety Net Assessment Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Nov-04. Click for more information.

Georgia Assessment of Georgia's Primary Care Safety Net The National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine Mar-03. Click for more information.

Hawaii On Common Ground: 2003 Coverage Report Hawaii Uninsured Project Jan-03. Click for more information.

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