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America's Health Care Safety Net

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Date Developed: 12/1/2008. Source: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation . Presenter(s): Andrew Bindman, MD. Type: Video. Level: Intermediate. Length: 15 minutes.


This tutorial provides an overview of the barriers to health care services for those that are most likely to be uninsured; these populations disproportionately rely on health care safety organizations for their care. Dr. Bindman begins his presentation by describing community factors affecting the need for safety net services and the characteristics of these safety net providers. He continues by explaining the federal and state laws and funding required, as well as the consequences of inadequate funding for vulnerable populations. The presentation concludes by offering various strategies for improving the efficiency of safety net care and its applicability during potential health care reform.

Special Instructions website was closed in September 2013. Tutorials are no longer updated but due to demand by professors who are still using the tutorials in class assignments, the Kaiser Family Foundation has made them available for download on archive site.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.