To strengthen the health and well-being of the communities we serve.
Striving to achieve health equity for all by:
- Being the health care home of choice;
- Being a teaching center of excellence; and,
- Providing the right care, at the right time, at the right place.
Federally Qualified Health Centers
CommUnityCare is one of more than 1,400 community health centers, across the country serving 30 million people who are uninsured or underinsured. In 2022, CommUnityCare served more than 129,000 individual patients and is one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) systems in Texas.
FQHC status allows CommUnityCare to:
- Receive enhanced reimbursement (payment) from Medicare and Medicaid, which helps pay for services for uninsured individuals, regardless of their ability to pay.
- Participate in the 340B Program that allows us to purchase prescription drugs at reduced prices, which we pass along to our patients.
This health center receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals. This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 245b and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).
Responding to Increasing Demand in Central Texas
Twenty percent of Travis County residents did not have insurance in 2021. Many of these residents have great difficulty getting access to basic primary, dental and preventive health care. In Travis County, CommUnityCare clinics provide approximately half of local safety net primary care services.
CUC Relationship to Central Health
Created by the voters of Travis County, Central Health is the local public entity that provides access for low-income residents to the high-quality care everyone needs to get well and stay healthy. Central Health is an important CommUnityCare partner and jointly holds the federal public center status for Central Texas Community Health Centers. Many of the clinics operated by CommUnityCare are owned by Central Health. Additionally, Central Health provides tax-payer financed medical assistance through the Medical Access Program (MAP) — to many of our patients. In 2022, Central Health provided $58.5 million of CommUnityCare’s $200 million budget.
CUC Patient Data from CY 2022
- More than 97 % of CUC patients live below 200 % of the federal poverty level.
- 73% of our patients identified as Latino, 27% as non-Latino
- 57% preferred to communicate in a language other than English, with 43% preferring English
- 129,000 individual patients, representing more than 430,000 medical and dental visits
- 61,411 of our patients are uninsured
- Click HERE for the full Data and Demographics UDS Report