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Brief Illustrates the Role of Free Clinics as Rural Safety Net Providers

The South Carolina Rural Health Research Center at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina is pleased to announce the release of a research brief “Free Clinics in the Rural Safety Net, 2014.”

This brief explores two issues. First, we examine where free clinics are located and describe their availability in rural counties across all 50 states. This information was derived from clinic listings on the website of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC). Second, through telephone interviews with leadership at 14 of the 21 state free clinic associations, we explore issues facing free clinics during the current period of change. Issues examined include perceived changes in demand subsequent to implementation of the Affordable Care Act and different funding models and strategies used by free clinics.