The Florida Association of Community Health Centers (FACHC) is requesting a Medicaid reimbursement rate increase for the state’s federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to cover the actual cost of care for patients.

With Florida lawmakers in the midst of their 2024 legislative session, FACHC is requesting that they approve its request for a rate increase to address the 42 percent shortfall FQHCs face for every Medicaid patient visit. It’s a request that has not been made by the association in more than two decades, FACHC President and CEO Jonathan Chapman told State of Reform.

“FACHC has not requested an increase since the rates were first developed over 20 years ago,” Chapman said. “Thus far, legislators have been supportive in acknowledging community health centers’ work and service to their patients and communities, and the need for additional funding in order to sustain, if not increase, these operations.”

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