Look-Alike Annual Certification

The Annual Certification (AC) submission provides an update on the progress of Health Center Program look-alikes (LALs). 

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About the submission

The AC reports on:

  • Progress made since the submission of the last (Renewal Designation [RD] or AC) application until the date of the current AC submission
  • Expected progress for the remainder of the current certification period
  • Projected changes for the upcoming certification period

How to submit

Existing LALs receive an email from EHBs when the AC is available for input and submission. We send the email 150 calendar days prior to the end of the current certification period. Your LAL’s contacts identified in EHBs receive the email.

Complete the BPHC Contact Form if your LAL’s contacts do not receive an email regarding access.

We require all LALs to submit electronically through EHBs. You have 60 calendar days to complete the submission and have your Authorizing Official submit it in EHBs.

Submission access and deadline schedule

Complete your submission by the established deadline to prevent termination of LAL designation and all corresponding benefits.

Certification Period Start Date EHBs Access* EHBs Deadline*
January 1, 2024 August 4, 2023 October 3, 2023
February 1, 2024 September 4, 2023 November 3, 2023
March 1, 2024 October 3, 2023 December 2, 2023
April 1, 2024 November 3, 2023 January 2, 2024
May 1, 2024 December 3, 2023 February 1, 2024
June 1, 2024 January 3, 2024 March 3, 2024

*EHBs auto-generate access and deadline dates. Please work within these dates to provide your submission.

Request technical assistance (TA) prior to the deadline if the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday.


Submission aids

Attachments and program specific forms

You must complete these forms in EHBs. These versions are for reference and planning purposes only.

Technical assistance


Add 'BPHCAnswers@hrsa.gov' to your address book to make sure you receive our reply email.

Program questions

Complete the BPHC Contact Form.

  • Select Look-alike Designation
  • Select Annual Certification (LAL-AC)

EHBs Health Center Program Support

Complete the BPHC Contact Form.

  • Under Technical Support, select EHBs Task/EHBs Technical Issues
  • Select LAL Application Technical Questions

Call 877-464-4772, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday (except federal holidays)

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