Keeping Community Health Centers Strong During the Coronavirus Pandemic is Essential to Public Health

The COVID-19 stimulus legislation includes some financial relief for community health centers, including small business protections in which most health centers with less than 500 workers will be eligible to borrow up to $10 million to cover payroll expenses, rent, and overhead costs. However, our analysis shows 93 health centers which serve 8 million of 29 million health center patients (28%) nationwide are likely ineligible for this benefit.  The analysis can be accessed here.

Table 1. Large Community Health Centers with More than 500 Employees, 2018

State

Number Centers >500 Employees

Percent of Total State Centers

Number of Staff at Centers >500 Employees

Percent of State’s Staff

Total Number of Patients Served at Centers >500 Employees

Percent of State’s Patients Served

AK

1

3.7%

627

25.2%

10,102

9.0%

AR

1

8.3%

620

31.8%

65,283

29.3%

AZ

3

15.0%

2,572

43.7%

246,872

40.1%

CA

26

14.7%

24,820

50.6%

2,451,092

49.2%

CO

5

25.0%

3,788

62.3%

417,755

64.9%

CT

2

12.5%

1,400

35.5%

130,815

33.2%

DC

1

12.5%

948

47.0%

100,717

52.0%

FL

4

8.5%

2,547

23.6%

325,800

21.5%

HI

1

7.1%

637

30.1%

38,141

24.3%

IL

3

6.8%

2,160

23.2%

356,436

26.2%

IN

1

4.0%

590

15.2%

59,929

26.5%

KY

1

4.2%

522

14.5%

87,952

17.9%

MA

5

12.8%

3,213

32.1%

235,205

29.7%

ME

1

5.6%

722

37.2%

65,110

33.8%

MI

1

2.6%

702

11.5%

65,925

9.4%

NC

1

2.5%

511

11.0%

47,226

8.3%

NJ

1

4.3%

507

14.4%

71,904

13.1%

NM

1

5.9%

874

24.5%

79,945

23.7%

NY

12

19.4%

12,706

59.4%

1,302,859

57.2%

OH

2

4.3%

1,319

20.4%

62,216

8.2%

OK

1

5.0%

525

27.8%

62,072

26.0%

OR

2

6.7%

1,353

24.9%

111,563

28.4%

PA

2

4.7%

1,151

19.5%

188,115

23.0%

PR

1

5.0%

550

13.7%

54,231

13.8%

RI

1

12.5%

505

28.9%

48,586

27.3%

TN

1

3.4%

615

19.5%

69,545

16.5%

TX

4

5.6%

3,028

24.9%

374,623

25.3%

WA

6

22.2%

6,164

56.4%

672,864

58.4%

WI

1

5.9%

2,436

55.2%

82,723

27.6%

WV

1

3.7%

514

13.6%

71,969

15.6%

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