Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Update #8): Nearly 2,000 Sites Are Temporarily Closed, Testing Has Dropped, Telehealth Use Has Declined, and Revenue Losses are Estimated in the Billions

As the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) weekly reports on community health centers’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic reaches its eighth week, certain trends and areas of concern have emerged. Drawing any definitive conclusions is difficult, since the data are not longitudinal, tracking changes experienced by a defined group of reporting health centers over time. Instead, the information provided by HRSA is cross-sectional – that is, each week, different health centers may be reporting.

Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Update #5): COVID-19 Positive Cases Climb as Health Center Testing Capacity Increases

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released its fifth weekly summary of COVID-19 survey data on May 6th, 2020. This weekly update is drawn from information provided by responding federally-funded community health centers on May 1st, 2020. This data note summarizes key findings based on 966 health center responses (70 percent response rate).

The data note is available here.

What Can We Learn from Telehealth Experience of Community Health Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Telehealth has grown from a promising innovation to become essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Community health centers’ ability to put telehealth to use can provide important insight into how well the modalities can be adapted to comprehensive primary health care for medically underserved populations. These centers face challenges with receiving payment for virtual telehealth visits, the cost of telehealth technology, and ensuring an adequate telehealth workforce.

Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week 4): Two in Three Patients Who Tested Positive for COVID-19 Were Racial/Ethnic Minorities

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released its 4th weekly summary of COVID-19 survey data on May 1st, 2020. This weekly summary is drawn from information provided by responding federally-funded community health centers on April 24, 2020. This data note summarizes key findings based on 1,038 health center responses (75 percent response rate).

The Week 4 Summary can be found here.

Weeks 2 and 3 are available at the links below:

If the Affordable Care Act is Repealed, What Would Be the Impact on Community Health Centers and the Communities They Serve?

This fall, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in California et al. v Texas et al. The Court will decide whether the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) “individual mandate” remains constitutional even though Congress has zeroed out the tax penalty for not maintaining health insurance. The Court also will decide whether, should the individual mandate be deemed unconstitutional, Congress, in setting the penalty at zero, actually intended to repeal the entire law.