The Health Center Growth Initiative significantly expands the number of community health centers serving the medically underserved.
Medicare and Medicaid are incorporated under the Social Security Act; neighborhood health centers are established.
Near North opens the doors to its first health center, serving the West Town and Near North neighborhoods of Chicago.
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program begins providing cash assistance to elderly and disabled.
President Carter proposes Medicaid expansion for poor children under age 6; proposal fails to come to a vote in Congress.
Hawaii is the first state to require employers to offer health benefits to employees working 20 hours per week.
Hospitals participating in Medicare are required to screen and stabilize all ER visitors, regardless of ability to pay.
COBRA is enacted to extend health benefits to the recently unemployed.
The Winfield Moody Health Center opens. Today it remains the hub of Near North’s clinical and administrative operations.
The US Census Bureau estimates 31 million uninsured Americans (13% of the population).
Federal budget reconciliation mandates coverage for pregnant women and children under age 6, at 133% of the federal poverty level.
NNHSC opens its Chicago WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Nutrition Education Center.
The US Census Bureau estimates 45.6 million uninsured Americans (15.3% of the population).
Massachusetts is the first state to provide health care coverage to nearly all residents; within 2 years, the state’s uninsured rate is cut in half.
Medicaid coverage is provided to uninsured women, regardless of income, for treatment of breast or cervical cancer.
Near North moves into the South Side, assuming administration of the Komed (later Komed-Holman) Health Center
The US Census Bureau estimates 42.4 million uninsured Americans (15.7% of the population).
The Health Insurance Portability and Account- ability Act (HIPAA) sets standards for medical records privacy.
Near North opens a school-based health center at Reavis Elementary.
Near North serves 45,000 patients from 71 Zip Codes in and around Chicago.
The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) is signed into law.
NNHSC opens its 9th comprehensive health center on the Near West Side of Chicago.