Health Center Program Look-Alikes
What is a Look-Alike?
Health Center Program look-alikes operate and provide services consistent with Health Center Program requirements. Together, Health Center Program award recipients and look-alikes ensure health care for the Nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations through service provision to all, regardless of ability to pay.
While look-alikes do not receive Health Center Program funding, they are eligible to apply to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for reimbursement under FQHC Medicare and Medicaid payment methodologies. Look-alikes are also eligible to purchase discounted drugs through the 340B Federal Drug Pricing Program, receive automatic Health Professional Shortage Area designation, and may access National Health Service Corps providers.
Look-alikes were established to maximize access to care for medically underserved populations and communities by allowing entities that do not receive Health Center Program funding to apply to become part of the Health Center Program. Both Health Center Program award recipients and look-alikes provide comprehensive primary health care services that are responsive to identified health care needs, provide services to all persons regardless of ability to pay, and must meet all Health Center Program requirements.
How to Apply
New look-alike applicants should review the Look-Alike Initial Designation Web page which provides detailed application instructions and technical assistance resources.
Organizations currently designated as look-alikes should refer to the Renewal of Designation Instructions and Resources or the Annual Certification Instructions and Resources (depending on where they are in their current designation period) for important information regarding the continuation of look-alike designation requirements.
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Look-Alike Application Response Team
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Office of Policy and Program Development
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Health Center Program Support