Federally Qualified Health Center

What is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)?

FQHCs are safety net providers that primarily provide services typically furnished in an outpatient clinic. FQHCs include community health centers, migrant health centers, health care for the homeless health centers, public housing primary care centers, and health center program “look-alikes.”

*Certain tribal organizations and FQHC Look-Alikes (organizations that meet PHS Section 330 eligibility requirements, but do not receive grant funding) also may receive special Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

What is a FQHC

A Look-Alike is an organization that meets all of the eligibility requirements of an FQHC that receives a PHS Section 330 grant, but does not receive grant funding.

Look-alikes were established to maximize access to care for medically underserved populations and communities by allowing entities that do not receive Health Center Program funding to apply to become part of the Health Center Program.

Both Health Center Program award recipients and look-alikes: