INFOGRAPHIC - America's Free and Charitable Clinics: Vital Support for 30 Million Uninsured Americans


A new report to be released by the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics reveals that over the last two years the nation’s 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics have seen a 40 percent increase in patient demand, despite the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 31 million Americans will remain uninsured by
2024, including many who qualify for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act but face additional barriers to gaining coverage such as language barriers, lack of transportation options and physician shortages. As detailed in the new report, many of those who remain uninsured live in states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid coverage as permitted under the new health care law.

For decades, Free and Charitable Clinics have provided a range of medical, dental, pharmacy,
vision and behavioral health services to economically disadvantaged Americans. In so doing, they have served as a safety net for those who have fallen through the cracks of America’s health care system — and studies have shown that they have also decreased the burden on the nation’s emergency rooms.

To access the full report and the individual state specific infographics - visit


The "Legal and Operational Guide for Free Medical Clinics" authored by the American Health Lawyers Association and funded by the American Medical Association has been released and is designed to provide important legal and operational information at your fingertips!  Included in this Guide is information on a variety of legal and operational issues for clinics to consider, such as the scope of services to be provided, funding sources, 501(c)(3) tax-exemption, recruitment and licensure of medical volunteers, insurance coverage and liability, prescription drug management, patient privacy, and quality of care and other patient care issues.

CLICK HERE - Legal and Operational Guide for Free Medical Clinics

Resource Publications

Sample Job Descriptions for Free and Charitable Clinics

Join the NAFC today and have access to our extensive resource library exclusively for our members. This library includes many useful documents for Free and Charitable Clinics to use. The library includes sample Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, Thank You Letters, Policy and Procedures, Sexual Harassment Policies, Handbooks, Fundraising Tools and much more!

Study on the Connection Between Free Clinic and Emergency Department Visits

Hwang, Liao, Griffin, and Foley Do Free Clinics Reduce Unnecessary Emergency Department Visits? The Virginian Experience Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 23 (2012): 1189–1204



The Public Health Service (PHS) Act section 224(o) extends the ability for volunteers, employees, board members, officers, and contractors of qualified free clinics to be deemed as employees for the PHS for purposes of medical malpractice. This deeming status in turn provides medical malpractice coverage under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).

More information can be found at

This program has saved free clinics hundreds of thousands of dollars since its inception and is a great opportunity for free clinics. The Free Clinics FTCA Program is administered by the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). We have partnered with BPHC and the FTCA program to provide technical assistance to those currently deemed or researching the process. While we will answer as many questions as we can, the NAFC recommends you contact April Fields at BPHC.

Contact or the Office of Quality and Data at (301) 594-0818 for more information.

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With healthcare being one of the most talked about topics online, we felt it important that we join the community of doctors, nurses, patients, policymakers, pundits and consumers who were engaging in debate and conversation.

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AHRQ - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

How Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Can Help the Nation’s Free Clinics

The NAFC and AHRQ hosted a Wed conference On March 30, 2011 on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and Free Clinics.

The Web conference featured AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, M.D., NAFC Executive Director Nicole Lamoureux, and Dr. Karen Friday of the Common Ground Clinic in New Orleans, LA.  In addition to an overview of Free Clinics and the populations they serve, the group discussed how patient-centered outcomes research and tools can benefit the nation’s Free Clinics.

 - Listen to the Audio of the Presentation (MP3)
 - View the Slide Presentation (PDF)
 - View the Transcript of the Presentation (PDF)

Connecting Kids to Coverage: Help spread the
word about free and low-cost health insurance for kids.

Connecting Kids to Coverage is a national campaign of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reach and enroll eligible kids and teens in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Millions of children are eligible for free or low-cost health insurance under these programs, but are not enrolled. And, in some states, more parents may be eligible too. Help spread the word that enrollment in these programs is open year-round. You can customize free print materials with your organization’s logo, phone number, and website. To customize and download materials, check out our customization guide at You can also
call 1-855-313-KIDS (5437) or email for more information.

Find resources and learn more about the Campaign at