The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed by Congress and then signed into law by the President on March 23, 2010. On June 28, 2012 the Supreme Court rendered a final decision to uphold the health care law. Find more information about the ACA at Healthcare.gov.
Impact on Community Health Centers
The new health care law aims to increase access to affordable health care, improve the quality of care, and increase awareness of the value of preventive care. The focus of community health centers (CHCs) is directly aligned. For over 45 years CHCs have worked to bring health care access to all. As a proven model of care, CHCs continue to play a vital role in the delivery of health care to vulnerable populations and high need areas across the nation.
In recognition of this vital role, a trust fund was created as part of the Affordable Care Act specifically for the purpose of expanding CHC locations and services. The process to bring a CHC site to an area of need is driven by the community to meet the needs of the community. Find out more on Becoming a CHC.
State Policy Information
North Dakota Health Care Reform Review Committee Report