Free Clinics in the Rural Safety Net Research Brief Released

This brief explores two issues. First, the locations of free clinics and their availability in rural counties are examined 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, researchers explored 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.

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