Who is in the Kansas Safety Net?
The Kansas Safety Net is made up of medical, dental, and behavioral health clinics across Kansas with a mission to provide access to comprehensive health care for underserved populations, regardless of their ability to pay.
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are community-based nonprofit or public organizations that provide services to people who lack access to health care, including those without insurance and residents of rural and underserved areas. These health care services are available to all people, regardless of their ability to pay. FQHCs utilize a sliding fee scale, which reduces fees for low-income individuals. FQHCs receive federal grant funding under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act.
Primary Care Clinics serve the uninsured and KanCare patients and some accept Medicare and private insurance as well. These clinics provide primary medical care to all, regardless of the ability to pay, and utilize a sliding fee scale. Some provide services such as dental and behavioral health services as well.
Free Clinics provide primary medical care to uninsured, low income patients only. Some also provide services such as dental, behavioral health, and specialty care. These clinics do not have a set fee scale but do ask for minimal patient donations for services.
Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) are intended to increase primary care services for Medicaid and Medicare patients in rural communities. RHCs can be public, private, or nonprofit. RHCs are located in rural, underserved areas and utilize one or more physician assistants or nurse practitioners.
Safety Net Dental Clinics serve patients with KanCare and the uninsured, as well as those with private insurance. They provide primary dental care services to all individuals, regardless of the ability to pay, and they utilize a sliding fee scale.
How Safety Net Clinics Contribute to Their Communities
While each safety net clinic is unique, they share in a spirit of community and a belief that healthy families and communities are possible with appropriate access to comprehensive health care. In addition to providing affordable health care that keeps people healthy and on the job, safety net clinics contribute to economic growth and development statewide. In some of the state’s highest need areas, safety net clinics are the largest employer in the community.
How are Safety Net Clinics Funded?
Funding for all safety net clinics comes from various sources including, but not limited to, patient revenue, fundraising and local contributions, community-based grants, foundation grants, state primary care grants, and federal grants.