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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

Grant Award Requirements

Program Information Notices & Program Assistance Letters

Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Chapter 13

Preventive and Primary
Health Care Guidelines

Clinical Information

Preventive Services

Clinical Practice

CDC Catch-up Immunization Scheduler