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California’s School-Based Health Centers See Promise, Challenges in the Affordable Care Act

In a California Healthline Special Report by Rachel Dornhelm, experts discussed how the Affordable Care Act could lead to new opportunities and challenges for California’s school-based health centers.

Although the ACA provided $30 million to build or remodel school-based health centers, it did not set aside additional money to continue supporting the clinics.

Experts say that school-based clinics could play new roles under the ACA, such as helping more residents sign up for coverage through Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program.

The Special Report includes comments from:

  • Claire Brindis, professor of pediatrics and health policy at UC-San Francisco;
  • Alex Briscoe, director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency;
  • Serena Clayton, executive director of the California School Health Centers Association; and
  • Zena Harvill, a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Native American Health Center (Dornhelm, California Healthline, 4/10).

The complete transcript of this Special Report is available as a PDF.

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