FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Centers)

    The community health clinic (CHC) in the United States is the dominant model for financing a government subsidy for first aid in the country's health care system. The American support system consists of health professionals who are ready to provide services to a national uninsured and poorly served population. According to the US Census Bureau, 50.7 million people in the country (16.7% of the population) were not insured in 2009. Many more Americans lack detailed coverage or access to health care. To receive medical care, this large group of people must seek out providers who are either personally transferred or legally required to assist regardless of the ability of patients to pay. CHCs represent the main supplier group for this segment of the US healthcare system. CHCs are organized as non-profit clinical care providers that operate under comprehensive federal standards. Two types of clinics that meet the requirements of CHC are those that receive federal funding under Section 330 of the Health Care Service Act and those that meet all the requirements applicable to publicly funded outpatient clinics and are supported through the state and local grants. Both types of CHCs are defined as "Federally Qualified Health Centers" (FQHCs), which provides them with special payment rates under Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP.