Affordable Care Act (ACA) Task Force
The Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners established the Montgomery County Affordable Care Act Task Force on February 12, 2013. The Commissioners felt it was appropriate to appoint an Affordable Care Act Task Force to prepare the community for the implementation and its impacts on the human services safety net in Montgomery County. This Task Force initiated their work with four primary goals. 1) Develop an understanding of the issues; 2) Review our Current status; 3) Develop Recommendations; 4) Provide an action plan and steps for readiness.
The Montgomery County Safety Net Safety net providers are defined as healthcare providers who serve a significant portion of patients who are classified as uninsured, enrolled in Medicaid, or other vulnerable populations, and those living in under served rural or inner city areas. Montgomery County’S safety net includes three community health center organizations, two free clinics, hospital emergency departments, a few dental clinics, and the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board mental health agencies. In addition to delivering more affordable care, safety net providers often are better able to meet the complex social, cultural, and linguistic needs that are more prevalent among vulnerable populations.
Montgomery County’s safety net providers will remain an important part of the healthcare delivery system going forward as the Affordable Care Act is implemented, serving much of the newly insured population and continuing to serve as the safety net for the remaining uninsured and vulnerable populations. Because the safety net provides care for patients with some of the most complex needs and the fewest resources, the anticipated stresses of health reform on the overall health care delivery system—increased demand, maldistributed workforce, shifts in financing streams – may be felt more acutely in the safety net. Demand for the Montgomery County safety net is driven by factors such as the economy, uninsured rate and health status, with data revealing health disparities within the county along income and racial/ethnic lines. Health status, income, race/ethnicity, poverty by family and by community, and access to health care are all linked, with geographic analysis showing alignment between the biggest gap in primary care, the most prevalent health disparities, and high rates of emergency department utilization.
For more information regarding the Montgomery County ACA Task Force please contact, Jessica Abernathy, staff support for the MCACATF at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-496-7154.
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