Community Health Centers in Los Angeles County: Expanding Access to Care for All
Bold Expansions Dramatically Reshape Coverage and Access, Yet Gaps Remain
This report is the first of a three-part series examining the adequacy of the network of community health centers to serve its target population in the decade following the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
We use state and local data to assess the impact of Medi-Cal and health center expansions on access to health care and health care coverage in Los Angeles County over the decade following the signing of the ACA. Key findings include:
- Health centers dramatically increased the number of patients they serve, and now care for one in five Los Angeles residents, and one in three Los Angeles residents with Medi-Cal.
- Coverage expansions and increased demand for care, combined with significant federal investments, enabled health centers to nearly double the number of access points across the county.
- While coverage and access in Los Angeles County has expanded significantly, demand has outpaced supply, with more adults reporting difficulty finding primary care.