From Tallulah to Thibodaux and communities in between, Louisiana's Community Health Centers serve as one-stop-shops for all of your primary care needs - regardless of insurance status or your ability to pay.
An FQHC provides health services to those who have limited access to health care - although anyone is welcome! Unlike many private practices, FQHCs welcome low-income individuals, the uninsured and underinsured, immigrants, seasonal farm workers, homeless, and those living in public housing. FQHCs obtain a large portion of their funding from Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act by HRSA, but they are administered by locally-based nonprofit organizations governed by a board of directors.
What are the different types of FQHCs?
Federally Qualified Health Centers provide comprehensive services with a team-based approach to patient care. Typically, services include preventative health care, dental, mental health, and substance abuse treatment. Some different types of FQHCs include:
Migrant Health Centers
Community Health Centers
Health Centers for Residents of Public Housing
Health Care for Homeless Health Centers
Outpatient health programs or facilities
How do FQHCs operate?
A Federally Qualified Health Center strives to meet the needs of an underserved community. FQHCs provide primary outpatient services such as mental health services, primary care, dental, and substance abuse treatment to underserved areas or populations–regardless of insurance or financial standing. As a non-profit and tax-exempt organization, an FQHC can receive grants from the government and Medicare and Medicaid funding.
How much do they charge for a visit?
Every FQHC charges on a sliding fee scale based on the patient’s ability to pay. Whether insured or not, patients can be treated at an FQHC at a cost they can afford. Each health center will establish its own sliding fee scale consistent with local rates and charges.
What services do they offer?
Federally Qualified Health Centers provide comprehensive services with a team-based approach to patient care. These services are typically outpatient and include primary health services and preventative health care. Other services include: