Maritza Rivera doesn’t have health insurance, but she regularly uses the Metropolitan Family Health Network, a federally qualified health center in Jersey City, to monitor her diabetes.
“There are a large number of patients who are uninsured, underinsured, who need health care, so we perform that task,” said chief medical officer Patrick Beaty. “What federal funding is really for, the dollars that they provide, is really to offset uninsured patients.”
New Jersey has 24 federally qualified health centers that operate 134 satellite locations across the state. About 1.8 million visits are made annually by nearly 538,000 patients, according to the New Jersey Primary Care Association.
“They put health centers in what are called medically underserved areas,” Beaty said, adding that the centers tailor their services to what the community needs. In Jersey City, that means women’s health, pediatric care, and management of chronic diseases, like Rivera’s diabetes.
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