Obamacare Boosted Community Health Centers’ Reach. Now What?
Jan 10, 2017 2:45 PM - For the patients and the employees of Mary’s Center, a community health center that serves Washington, D.C., and its Maryland suburbs, the 2010 health law had a big impact on business. The facility has always promised care to anyone who walks through its doors. But since Obamacare’s implementation, the patient population and the quality of care they receive has changed. “The first set of patients we saw - it was like, ‘Wow, I can see a doctor for the first time. I can afford to go to the doctor,’” recalled Maria Gomez, the center’s president. “There were patients that knew they had tumors, or knew they hadn’t had a pap smear in a long, long time.”