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Now more than ever the need for primary care services is increasing in Queens.

“A study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and The Commonwealth Fund warns that safety-net hospitals in states with large concentrations of undocumented residents “will be particularly affected by the reduction in disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments scheduled under the Affordable Care Act that have previously cushioned the impact of providing uncompensated care.” Excluding undocumented residents “from coverage under the law will create new financial pressures on safety net hospitals.”

“A lot of times, you’ll find (uninsured) Asian Pacific Americans accessing emergency treatment instead of going to a primary care physician. They don’t access services until it gets so severe they can’t take it any more,” said Mui Mui Hin-McCormick, executive director of Connecticut’s Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, which represents 50 countries.

“We want to be in a position where (undocumented immigrants) can go to the doctor for preventive services, which is key to health care reform,” added Yanil Teron, executive director of the Center for Latino Progress.”

Grameen PrimaCare is working hard to address this growing need!

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