Nonprofit Health Centers Go Into For-Profit Insurance Business

Kaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz, working in collaboration with USA Today, reports: "The nation's 1,200 nonprofit community health centers receive strong federal support to treat millions of uninsured residents, but still face financial challenges. Some are responding with an unusual strategy -- starting for-profit insurance plans. In 2008, the Jessie Trice Community Health Center in Miami invested $120,000 to start Prestige Health Choice, a for-profit Medicaid health plan that the state pays a flat monthly fee per enrollee to provide care. Fourteen other community health centers also participated" (Galewitz, 1/7). Read the story.

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