What are Health Centers?
Federally-Qualified Health Centers are located in areas identified by the federal government as having large numbers of residents whose basic health care needs are not being met because there are not enough services or they cannot afford services that do exist. Health centers provide high-quality care to all patients regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.
The Health Center model places strong emphasis on prevention. Integrated services such as dental and behavioral health care help address patients' complicated and unique health needs, further improving their health outcomes. Helping patients better manage their health and chronic conditions reduces complications and costly specialty care, emergency room and hospital visits. As a result, Health Centers produce $24 billion in savings to the U.S. health care system annually.