Wisconsin Primary Care Programs
Community Health Centers
“Community Health Centers” are facilities that meet the requirements of the federal
Community Health Center Program and are intended to increase access to
comprehensive primary care, dental and mental health care for underserved
populations. To be eligible to apply for federal community health center (CHC) grants, facilities must:
- Be public or
non-profit health care organizations that meet all federal CHC
- Be located in or serve a designated Medically Underserved Area or
- Be governed by a community board where at least 51% of board members are health
- Provide comprehensive primary health care, preventive dental care, mental
health care and supportive services.
- Provide services to low-income Medicaid, Medicare and un/underinsured
populations (using a sliding fee schedule).
Wisconsin has 18 CHCs located around the state which receive federal CHC grants.
- Organizations can apply for competitive federal CHC
grants (new access point or planning grant) or expansion grants for
current CHCs. The grant offsets the cost of care for low-income, uninsured patients.
- CHCs are eligible for cost-based reimbursement for Medicaid and Medicare
- Revenue can be obtained from billing any private insurance and patient co-pays from sliding
- Other CHC benefits include participation in: Federal Tort Claims Act
(malpractice coverage), Drug Pricing Discounted Purchases, federal
loan guarantees for capital improvements, Vaccines for Children
Program, eligible site for National Health Service Corps provider
- CHCs are also eligible for a portion of the State Community Health Center grant funding.
Resources for Communities Interested in Developing a Community
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February 22, 2013