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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 3, 2017 02:18 PM
From: Representative Matthew E. Baker
To: All House members
Subject: Community-Based Health Care Act
In May of 2013, the Legislature passed the Community-Based Health Care Act which directed funds to support nonprofit health care centers in the Commonwealth. To qualify as a health care center for this act the facility must provide care to medically underserved areas with a patient population below 200% of the federal poverty level. Many of these facilities are federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) or FQHC lookalikes.

At the time of the legislation, it was determined that there should be a cap on the amount which is distributed to FQHCs in order to provide more access to other health care centers existing in the Commonwealth or to encourage the development of such health care centers. Since the passage of Act 10 of 2013, FQHCs and other health care centers have utilized these dollars to serve some of the most vulnerable in the Commonwealth.

At this time, I intend to introduce legislation that would remove the artificial 25% limitation on funds for FQHCs distributed in accordance with the Community-Based Health Care Act. Many times the only applicants for these dollars are FQHCs as they are the only health centers capable of providing the services.

Please consider cosponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB644