Health safety nets play a critical role in providing access and quality healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured in America. A health care safety net is defined as any provider that organizes and delivers a significant level of health care and other services to the uninsured and other vulnerable individuals. Health care safety nets are traditionally delivered by community health clinics, county health departments, federally qualified health centers, behavioral health clinics, and community hospitals.
The Health Planning Council will work with community stakeholders to assess existing safety nets, clarify participant and provider priorities, and identify opportunities specific to each community’s needs. We recognize that the success of a safety net depends on the availability of ongoing funding and will work with the community to secure sustainable funding streams