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FQHC Look-Alikes Need Congressional Support

by Mary Beth Walker

Trillium Health was founded in 1989 as an HIV/AIDS clinic during the height of the AIDS crisis. Over time, Trillium Health expanded and became a community health center that provided primary care to anyone who walked through its doors.

In 2016, Trillium Health became designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike. Look-Alikes were created at a time when federal funds were not available to support community health centers. Today, there are 136 Look-Alikes across the nation serving over 1 million patients.

Although Look-Alikes are held to the same clinical, financial, and administrative requirements as all Federally Qualified Health Centers, they do not receive the same base grant funding, supplemental funding, or malpractice insurance benefits as fully-funded FQHCs (known as 330 Grantees).

It's time for Congress to recognize the vital role that Look-Alikes play in providing care to underserved communities across the nation. Trillium Health is proud to be a member of the FQHC Look-Alike Advocacy Coalition, which was established to raise awareness about Look-Alikes and fight for equal funding.

Please see the video below from one of our partners in the Look-Alikes Advocacy Coalition - Castle Family Health Centers - which was featured on a program called, “The View Point,” hosted by Dennis Quaid. This segment shines a light on Look-Alikes and the vital role they play in providing care to medically indigent and medically underserved populations.

We hope that Congress will provide financial support to allow Look-Alikes to care for the most vulnerable population across our country.