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The Federal Government is the primary insurer.

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Borrego Health is a Community Health Center, and we are proud to serve as your trusted healthcare home.


What is a Community Health Center?


The first Community Health Centers (also called Federally Qualified Health Centers or FQHCs) were established in the U.S. more than 50 years ago by community residents and health care providers who believed that everyone should have access to quality healthcare no matter who they are, where they live or their ability to pay.  The health center movement they launched brought doctors and health care services into medically underserved areas all across the country.  


Today, Community Health Centers like ours are located in nearly 10,000 rural and urban communities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. Collectively, Community Health Centers serve over 25 million people!


What is so special about Community Health Centers?


Community Health Centers are independent, non-profit, non-governmental healthcare organizations. While no two health centers are exactly alike, they share the same mission: To provide access to high quality, cost-effective health care services to everyone, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.


Because they are supported in part by federal grants, every Community Health Center by federal law has to meet certain requirements. These include, but are not limited to:


  • They must offer services to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

  • They must serve an area/or population designated as medically underserved by the federal government (i.e., areas/special populations that lack an adequate number of doctors and other basic health care services).

  • They must be governed by a Board of Directors that represents the community it serves. A majority of health center board members must be patients who use the health center’s services.

  • Have in place a sliding fee scale based on the patient’s income and family size.

  • All Community Health Centers provide primary care services (such as family and/or internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology) and preventive care (such as check-ups, immunizations, and disease screenings).  Many health centers also offer vision and dental services, as well as mental health counseling.  

  • Your voice matters.

  • America’s Community Health Centers have earned public and private support for decades because they lower costs while providing quality health care and saving lives.  But there is never a guarantee that the health center mission will continue.  That is why your voice as a patient is important.

  • Visit the National Association of Community Health Centers at www.nachc.org and sign up as a grassroots healthcare advocate who speaks out for your local health center, and health centers throughout your state and nationwide.


Spread the word!  Talk to your friends, family, coworkers, community and political leaders and ask them to become advocates too.


Community Health Centers are good for America!