Rural Health Centers
What We Do
Rural Health Centers offer high quality primary health care services to all residents.
- Rural Health Centers are located in communities that are medically underserved.
- All Rural Health Centers accept Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance.
- The organization operating the Rural Health Center and applying for state funding must be a 501(c) 3 non-profit community owned organization.
- If you do not have health insurance or cannot afford medical care, you may qualify for the Office of Rural Health’s (ORH) Medical Access Plan (MAP) at a Rural Health Center.
- MAP eligibility is based on income
- MAP patients pay a co-payment and ORH pays the difference for each office visit up to $100
How does ORH Support Rural Health Centers?
ORH was instrumental in the creation of this network of community-owned, non-profit health centers that serve vulnerable populations. Without support from ORH, many patients would lose local access to quality primary healthcare. This effort greatly decreases patient dependency on emergency departments, which carries a much greater cost. ORH assists these centers through grant funding, technical assistance and community development.
For current grant opportunities please click here
State Fiscal Year 2016 State Designated Rural Health Centers in North Carolina
North Carolina Rural Health Center Program
Office of Rural Health
2009 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699