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Thursday, November 3, 2011
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The passage of the Affordable Care Act will extend coverage to millions of Americans by expanding eligibility for Medicaid and providing health insurance through the new exchanges. This shift in the health care landscape will put pressure on safety net centers to bolster capacity and realign service delivery systems so that they become providers of choice. To guarantee a viable future, the safety net will need to become a competitive provider by improving customer services, offering comprehensive care to low-income individuals, strengthening specialty referral networks, and maintaining financial solvency. This Issue Dialogue focused on the future of local safety nets across the country and explore how philanthropy can support infrastructure developments and quality improvements, including the adoption of technology, patient care coordination, and expanding provider of choice models. Funders, researchers, providers, and federal officials discussed the need to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of care delivery within the safety net system in the wake of health reform, and whether they are up to the challenge.

To access presentations from this Issue Dialogue, click on the link below.

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