Federally Qualified Health Center

Anh Gray

 

The National Health Service Corps is a more than 40-year-old federal program that helps medical professionals defray the cost of education. It also recruits providers to underserved areas. But, Congress hasn’t renewed the program and funding runs out in March. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray explores how that program impacts Nevada.

After a brief government shutdown, Congress was able to pass a short-term funding bill yesterday. This included a six-year extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

But, funding remains in limbo for community health centers, which serve many CHIP families. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray checks-in with the head of one Reno-based center to learn more.

Community Health Alliance is a Federally Qualified Health Center, or FQHC, and operates six centers in the Reno-Sparks area. Chuck Duarte serves as the CEO of the center.

Last year, about 90 thousand low-income and underserved Nevadans depended on community health centers to access care. By the start of next year, about $11 million in federal funding could dry up, leaving these centers in limbo. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports.

At the end of last month, Congress failed to renew the Community Health Centers Fund which provides support to what’s known as Federally Qualified Health Centers, or FQHCs.  

The nation is embroiled in the debate over the Affordable Care Act. The

 

Congressional Budget Office estimates that the GOP health bill could put 24 million Americans at risk of losing insurance. That has many local patients and doctors worried. Because of the ACA, more people were able to get health insurance and even access to life-saving treatments. One Reno woman shares her story with our reporter Anh Gray.

Throughout the nation, community health centers are providing care to low-income people. And with the overhaul of the Affordable Care Act being debated, Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray tours one local facility to learn how it’s been serving as a health care safety net for many in Northern Nevada.