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The Health Center Program: Benefits

Benefits to the Health Center

  • Section 330 grant funds to offset the costs of uncompensated care and other key enabling services (Health Center Program grantees receive these grant funds. FQHC Look-Alikes are eligible to compete for them.)
  • Access to medical malpractice coverage under Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) (FQHC Look-Alikes are not eligible for this benefit.)
    More about the Federal Tort Claims Act
  • Prospective Payment System reimbursement for services to Medicaid patients
  • Cost-based reimbursement for services to Medicare patients
  • PHS Drug Pricing Discounts for pharmaceutical products under the 340B Program
    More about the 340B Drug Pricing Program
  • Federal loan guarantees for capital improvements (FQHC Look-Alikes are not eligible for this benefit.)
  • Access to on-site eligibility workers to provide Medicaid and State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) enrollment services
  • Reimbursement by Medicare for “first dollar” of services because deductible is waived if FQHC is providing services
  • Access to Vaccines for Children Program for uninsured children
  • Access to National Health Service Corps (NHSC) medical, dental, and mental health providers
    More about the National Health Service Corps
  • National network of similar organizations committed to improving the mission

Benefits to the Community

Health centers provide

  • A health home for underserved people, improving public health, reducing the burden on hospital emergency rooms, and providing needed services such as free immunizations for uninsured children
  • A voice (through the consumer majority Board of Directors) in the operation of that health home
  • Broader health insurance coverage as the health center assists uninsured patients enroll in Medicaid, SCHIP, and other assistance programs
  • Less costly care for Medicare patients, whose Medicare deductible costs are waived for FQHC-provided services

Requirements & Regulations Related Links

Authorizing Legislation (Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act)

Community Health Center Program Regulations

Migrant Health Program Regulations

National Advisory Council on Migrant Health

Grant Award Requirements

Program Information Notices & Program Assistance Letters

Preventive and Primary
Health Care Guidelines

Clinical Information

Preventive Services

Clinical Practice

CDC Catch-up Immunization Scheduler