Journal Issue: Children and Divorce Volume 4 Number 1 Spring/Summer 1994
Access to Health Care for Medically Underserved and Vulnerable Populations
All of the measures acknowledge the importance of allocating funds to develop health services in communities that, because of poverty or geographic, racial, or cultural isolation, cannot attract or retain sufficient numbers of primary care providers. Only the McDermott/Wellstone bill specifically allocates a portion of the national health budget for service development and support activities. The McDermott/Wellstone bill also specifies certain payment methodologies for providers located in underserved communities in recognition of the higher costs they may incur in caring for medically underserved populations.