A new national survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and George Washington University finds few of the nation’s community health centers report they can handle a significant increase in patients. Less than one in five clinics report that they could increase their patient caseload by 25 percent or more in the next year. This finding suggests that community health centers may be challenged to fill the void if Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest network of freestanding family planning clinics, were excluded as a Medicaid or Title X provider, as proposed by the Trump Administration’s budget, and Congressional leadership.
The survey provides a comprehensive look at the provision of reproductive health care to low-income women by community health centers. It assesses the availability of family planning services at health centers during a period of considerable political debate over the future of federal family planning funding through Medicaid and Title X.
Other highlights from the survey include: