What is a Federally Qualified Health Center?
A Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) is a primary care center that is community-based and patient-directed. FQHCs promote community health by providing health care services to EVERYONE and improve access to health care to all, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.
FQHCs costs rank among the lowest nationally while we maintain the highest standards of quality - saving billions of dollars for taxpayers by reducing the need for more in-patient and specialty care services.
Our Board of Directors is another unique aspect of a FQHC. Our Board is comprised of area volunteers with a majority, (51% or more), being health center patients who represent the population served and ensure responsiveness to community needs.
At FQHCs, payment is based on ability to pay. Income eligible uninsured patients are charged on a federally approved sliding fee scale to ensure income or lack of insurance is not a barrier to health and dental care.