But why are CHCs worth celebrating? Here are a few facts about Colorado’s CHCs:
- Colorado CHCs continue to serve more patients each year. From 2010 to 2011, they experienced a 3.5 percent increase in patient load, and have seen a 58.8 percent increase in patients over the last ten years (2002-2011).
- CHCs can save taxpayer money. One study shows that CHCs save the health care system $1,262 per patient.[i] Colorado CHCs provide comprehensive primary health care for less than $2.00 per patient per day.
- CHCs care for one-third of all low-income uninsured in Colorado, one-third of all Medicaid enrollees, and one-quarter of all CHP+ enrollees.
- Colorado CHCs employ more than 3,500 people in high-need communities across the state.
[i] Shi, L et all (2004). “America’s Health Centers, Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Prenatal and Birth Outcomes” Health Services Research, 30(6), Part I, 1881-1901