Health Reform: Safety Net Workgroup

The Health Reform Safety Net Workgroup reviewed new federal requirements for safety net providers, exploring the impact of health reform on North Carolina’s unmet health needs, and identifying opportunities for community-based collaborative networks of care.

Report | Executive Summary | Presentation: Impact of Affordable Care Act on North Carolina
Chris Collins, MSW
Deputy Director, Office of Rural Health and Community Care
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Ben Money, MPH
Executive Director
North Carolina Community Health Center Association
Project Director  Kimberly Alexander-Bratcher
Project Director
North Carolina Institute of Medicine
Workgroup Overview

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes new opportunities to expand the health care safety net. For example, the ACA includes new funding to expand community health centers (also known as federally qualified health centers) and school-based health centers. The ACA also includes new requirements for charitable hospitals. The Safety Net Workgroup will examine these provisions to to ensure that the decisions made in implementing the safety-net-related provisions of the PPACA serve the best interests of the state as a whole.

As part of this effort, the Safety Net Workgroup will work to:

  • Explore new opportunities for community-based collaborative networks of care

  • Examine new requirements for safety net providers

  • Identify areas of the state with greatest unmet need, and encourage collaboration in funding opportunities

  • Explore the new and changing needs of the safety net

Information about the Affordable Care Act

General information about health reform including presentations, a summary of funding opportunities, and helpful links is available here.

Workgroup Background

The overall goal of this effort is to identify the decisions the state must make in implementing health reform. The Advisory Group and workgroups also plan on identifying potential funding opportunities to ensure that we are aware of, and take advantage of, any potential funding opportunity that will help us improve population health, access to care, and health care quality. We want to build on North Carolina's existing strengths and ensure that the decisions made in implementing the federal legislation serve the best interests of the state as a whole.

The effort will be led by Lanier Cansler, Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, and Wayne Goodwin, Commissioner of the NC Department of Insurance. The new federal health reform legislation will have significant impact on the way that health care is delivered in North Carolina.

To help the state prepare for these changes, eight different workgroups are being established:PreventionSafety NetHealth Professional Workforce, Health Insurance Exchange and Insurance OversightMedicaidNew Models of CareQualityFraud and Abuse.

This planning effort will be led by an Overall Advisory Group that will help coordinate the work of each of these workgroups. Each workgroup will meet approximately one time per month from August 2010-August 2011 to review specific sections of the legislation and examine any new funding opportunities that are made available as part of this legislation.