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What is an FQHC? What is NHSC?
A Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) like BCHC is a primary health care practice that exists to increase the availability of high-quality health care in the community. Community Health Centers (CHC), as they are more commonly called, share the mission to provide health care to all, regardless of ability to pay. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, we are governed by a Board of Directors made up of our patients and community volunteers.
BCHC is a Member Site of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). National Health Service Corps programs provide scholarships and student loan repayment for primary care providers in the medical, dental, and behavioral health fields who agree to practice in areas of the country that have health professional shortages. In 2015, more than 9,600 National Health Service Corps clinicians were providing care to more than 10.2 million people who live in rural, urban, and frontier communities at more than 5,000 NHSC-approved sites.
Located in an area that has been designated as medically underserved, we provide care to all, regardless of ability to pay:
- People with insurance, including Medicaid, Medicare, commercial and marketplace insurances
- People without insurance, who pay according to a Federally- approved sliding fee scale based on their family income and ability to pay
- People who often have difficulty getting primary care, including the homeless, migrant workers and immigrants
We provide access to care for all patients regardless of their ability to pay.
As an FQHC, Berks Community Health Center receives grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care, under the Health Center Program, as authorized by Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act.
BCHC is committed to quality care, and to continuous quality improvement. BCHC is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and is a Deemed FTCA (Federal Tort Claims Act) facility under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).