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According to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), 2012:
- 46 million Americans lack health insurance.
- 60 million people lack access to a doctor, specifically because of local shortages of primary care physicians.
- Nearly 1,500 counties across the state have disenfranchised populations and do not have an easily accessible health center.
- $18 billion a year is wasted on unnecessary visits to hospital emergency rooms for health care that could and should be provided by a health center.
- The number of uninsured patients getting care at health centers grew 62 percent since 2000, the most significant growth in the program’s history.
- Health centers now serve 1 in 7 uninsured people nationally, including 1 in 5 of the low income, uninsured.
According to the United States Census Bureau, 2010:
- 1 in 4 Nevadans (25.1%) lacks health insurance
- 15% of Nevadans live below the Federal Poverty Level
(click graph for uninsured by county) (click graph for population below FPL)
According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA):
- 66 Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) for primary care and 41 HPSAs for dental care currently exist in Nevada
- 57,987 patients utilized health centers in Nevada in 2011
- 48% of health center patients in Nevada were uninsured in 2011