The big increase in support for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which have received considerable bipartisan support over the years, has brought big smiles to FQHC leaders and patients who had feared that congressional gridlock would jeopardize the whole program.
The health centers have become the largest single primary-care system in the United States.
The Department of Health and Human Services will distribute $169 million provided by the Affordable Care Act to open 266 new health centers in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. That’s in addition to 700 new health centers opened because of the Affordable Care Act.
The program seems safe at least through fiscal 2017 and probably indefinitely beyond.