MARCH 11, 2021 UPDATE: President Biden has signed the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan, into law. The American Rescue Plan provides much-needed relief for community health centers on the front lines of this pandemic. This includes $7.6 billion in emergency funding for health centers!
The National Association of Community Health Centers explains more about the impacts of the American Rescue Plan.
Community health centers receive funding in multiple ways — reimbursement for patient visits, for example, comes from Medicaid, Medicare and private health insurance. In addition to these revenue streams, community health centers receive significant funding from the federal government.
Federal grant funding provides support to health centers to serve under-insured and uninsured patients who may otherwise forego care.