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Clinics serving low income and uninsured patients are turning to the longest, continuous source of operating funds from the federal government: the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). In recent years, the Community Health Center program has been expanding at a rate which has almost doubled its size. The key to success is having Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status; either as a Section 330 grantee or through obtaining FQHC Look-Alike status from BPHC. Hospitals can also benefit from FQHC partnerships by creating ER Diversion Clinics with existing FQHCs.
Community Health Centers are recognized by Congress as being the Safety Net Clinic system in America. Over 1400 organizations receive $2.1 billion annually in federal grant funds to subsidize primary health care for low income and uninsured patients. Congress recently reauthorized the Community Health Center program and increased the authorization ceiling to $3.3 billion annually through 2012. Twenty million patients received care in calendar 2011 at almost 8,000 clinical sites operated by FQHCs.