Throughout the country, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) have become an integral part of the health care safety net for a vast majority of uninsured or underinsured patients needing care.
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
The history of FQHCs began in 1964 when a special Economic Opportunity Act was created by President Lyndon Johnson to develop neighborhood health centers. The term Federally Qualified Health Centers was first used in 1989 and was added as a Medicare benefit in 1991. More recently, FQHCs were a key part of the Affordable Care Act, which highlighted the importance of primary care in underserved areas across the country. Today, there are more than 1,100 FQHCs in the United States.