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Editorial | Health Care Reform

Safety-Net Providers and Preparation for Health Reform:  Staff Down, Staff Up, Staff Differently

Mitchell H. Katz, MD
Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(15):1319-1320. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.338.
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Although the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, the major expansion of health insurance promulgated by the bill does not occur until 2014. At that time an estimated 23 million uninsured Americans with incomes below 133% of the federal poverty level will gain Medicaid.1 An additional 17 million persons will be eligible for subsidized coverage under a health insurance exchange, some of whom currently have private coverage. An estimated 24 million persons will remain uninsured, including undocumented persons.

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