The Affordable Care Act Supports Growth, Future Doctors

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CHI is able to start The Brodes H. Hartley Jr. Teaching Health Center at CHI thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. The act seeks to improve the nation’s access to well-trained primary care physicians by supporting residency training incommunity-based ambulatory patient care settings.

CHI’s 11 health centers are an ideal match as an accredited GME residency training program since it has multiple services in each location such as: family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, general dentistry and more.

The federal Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program is a nationwide $230 million, 5-year initiative that began in 2011 to support high-quality primary care residency training in high-need, underserved communities. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, CHI has an incredibly varied population serving both urban and rural communities, migrant farmers and laborers as well as skilled workers.

While CHI’s humble beginnings were focused on the uninsured and underinsured, it has grown to provide health care to the insured with competitive rates. Also, CHI has patients from more than 30 different cultures making its population culturally and ethnically diverse

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