Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)—often referred to as community health centers (CHCs)—are nonprofit, community-directed health care providers serving low income and medically underserved communities. Created by Congress, the national network of community health centers provides high-quality, affordable primary and preventive care for those whom other providers do not serve, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.
In order to achieve the “federally qualified” status, CHCs must be located in or serve a high need community (designated Medically Underserved Area or Population) and must be governed by a community board composed of a majority (51 percent or more) of health center patients who represent the population served.
|Comparison of Federal Support for Section 330 Health Centers and FQHC Look-Alike Health Centers||Section 330
|Competitive application process|
|Receive direct funding from federal government|
|Located in medically underserved area|
|Provide services based on ability to pay|
|At least 51 percent of governing board members represent active users of the health center|
|Provide a detailed scope of primary health care and enabling services|
|Enhanced Medicaid/Medicare Reimbursement|
|Access to National Health Services Corp/J-1 Visa Waiver programs|
|340B Drug Pricing Program|
|Federal Loan Guarantee Program|
|Comply with BPHC Uniform Data System (UDS) and Performance Review Protocols|