NOW:53207:USA00949
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA00949
52°
H 52° L 50°
Partly Cloudy | 8MPH

Celebrating America’s Health Centers and Healthier Communities

Aug. 22, 2014

As the health care system changes around us, more people are gaining access to health care coverage - yet there are still more than 60 million Americans who do not have access to primary care. According to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), nearly half (42 percent) of these individuals are low-income, 28 percent live in rural areas—and do have insurance.

That’s where Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) come in. In the United States, more than 1,200 Centers receive grants under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS) (i) and serve 22 million patients (including more than 920,000 farmworkers and 1,145,000 people who are homeless) at 9,000 locations (ii). The FQHCs qualify for enhanced reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other benefits as long as they assist underserved populations, offer a sliding fee scale, provide comprehensive services, and have an ongoing quality assurance program and a community-based governing board of directors.

UnitedHealthcare helps support Health Centers through a broad network of dedicated health care specialists and hospitals – and the need is great; one out of every 15 people living in the United States seeks primary health care from a Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)-funded Health Center. As part of our partnership with FQHCs, UnitedHealthcare regularly seeks advice and input from FQHC leaders through our National FQHC Advisory Group; participates in the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) industry conferences; collaborates with local Primary Care Associations (PCA) and, during National Health Center Week each year, takes time to recognize our nine-year involvement and shared mission to help people live healthier lives regardless of their age, income or ability.

Together with our FQHC partners, UnitedHealthcare helps provide access to high-quality care, and lowers taxpayer burden and unnecessary costs to the system in the form of $24 billion in savings annually through reduced hospitalizations and visits to the ER (iii).

Health Centers maintain a more than 45-year record of being ranked among the highest-quality and cost-effective care providers in the nation - a proven model that has delivered better access and cost-savings, and provided jobs and helped people live healthier lives (iv).

While we celebrated National Health Center Week with centers across the country, we are thankful for each and every one of our partners and the commitment we share to help people access the quality health care services they deserve.

i. http://www.hrsa.gov/healthit/toolbox/RuralHealthITtoolbox/Introduction/qualified.html
ii. http://www.nachc.com
iii. http://www.healthcenterweek.com/about-us.cfm
iv. http://www.hrsa.gov

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Franklin Police investigate armed robbery at North Shore Bank 10:41 AM

» Franklin boys volleyball team wins Southeast divisional title 10/22

» Glen Morrow hired as new Franklin City Engineer 10/22

» Poll: Which area team will win a state football title? 10/22

» Franklin's EDC remains clouded in political dust-up 10/21

» Man arrested for fraud after ordering food, passing out and leaving eatery 10/21

» Teen drug use, prevention panel discussion Thursday, Oct. 30 10/21

» Early voting now open at Oak Creek City Hall 10/21

» County Supervisor Steve Taylor to host Oak Creek town hall meeting on Wednesday 10/20

» County Supervisor Steve Taylor to host Hales Corners town hall meeting on Wednesday 10/20

» Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness Updated:  10/19

» Preps football photos of the week: Week 9 10/17

» New theater group raises the curtain in Franklin 10/15

» Village Board requests Hales Corners Wading Pool remains open in 2015 10/15

» At Franklin High, digital age overtakes parent-teacher conferences 10/14

» 2 arrested after having sex in car in grocery store parking lot 10/14

» Star Wars-themed events held through Saturday at Oak Creek Public Library 10/14

» Poll: Will Greendale or South Milwaukee win in Week 9 matchup? 10/14

» Man charged for facilitating a sex crime with 13-year-old girl in Hales Corners 10/13

» Preps football photos of the week: Week 8 10/10

» Franklin football team outlasts Indian Trail, 31-24, closes in on SEC title 10/9

» Submit election letters now: deadline is Oct. 20 10/9

» Dispute over Franklin mayor's appointees leave Economic Development Commission stranded 10/8

» Wrecked car cautions high schoolers against impaired, distracted driving 10/7

» Veterans memorial falls in face of Greendale School District opposition 10/7

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Local Business Directory

Advertisement

Deal Watch - Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Best Discounts & Deals

CONNECT