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Does Obamacare Spell the End of Community Health Centers in NJ Cities?

In an ironic twist, funding issues raised by the Affordable Care Act threatens primary-care clinics in urban areas

Jewish Renaissance Medical Center (Newark)
The Jewish Renaissance Medical Center in Newark is facing a possible funding crunch.

Obamacare, a federal program meant to insure the uninsured, is threatening the existence of urban community health centers, including the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center (JRMC) locations in Newark and Perth Amboy.

Healthcare providers are reimbursed only for patients who have no other choices. So what about people who qualified for an Obamacare tax credit, but didn't sign up? Do they still get what’s known as charity care?

If the answer is “no,” community healthcare centers like JRMC may have to close their doors.

Read and listen to a report by Kai Wright of WNYC, a partner of NJ Spotlight.

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