over 40 years, the nationwide network of community health centers has
provided high-quality, affordable primary care and preventive services to
medically disenfranchised and underserved communities. Health centers serve
as medical homes to more than 16 million low-income people, a majority of
whom are uninsured or rely on public coverage, like Medicaid or Medicare.
They exist especially to serve those who do not and cannot access primary
care elsewhere. They are open to everyone regardless of their ability to
pay. Health centers do not choose their patients—their patients choose them.
And health centers are chosen because they do an excellent job of providing
care. Health centers are especially effective in terms of access, quality,
and cost because they remove barriers to care and deliver services in a
manner adapted to patient need, improve outcomes, mitigate health
disparities, and are affordable.