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 programâ€™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
NVPCA, About Us, Resources
This section provides links for additional informaton about NVPCA.
Nevada Primary Care Association
Nevada Primary Care Association (NVPCA) is a federally funded non-profit membership organization that was founded in 1995.
NVPCA serves 330 funded and prospective federally qualified health centers, tribal health centers, other primary care clinics, and safety-net providers throughout the State of Nevada.