Safety Net Providers

You May be a Safety Net Provider If...

  • Your facility's mission is to accept all people as patients, even the uninsured.
  • Your site services Medicare and Medicaid patients.
  • Your pharmacy is located in a remote or rural area of the country.

Safety net providers are defined by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) as “providers that by mandate or mission organize and deliver a significant level of health care and other health-related services to the uninsured, Medicaid, and other vulnerable patients.” The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. 

For more information and to view a ful description of what constitutes a Safety Net provider please go to HRSA's website.

Safety Net News

Funding Unisured Americans by the Numbers

Wanted: Millions of uninsured Americans willing to give President Barack Obama’s health care law a chance. With time running out, it may not be so hard for the administration and its allies to find them. 

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How Health Care Costs Affect Small Town Living

A half century of rapidly escalating health care costs has taken a toll on every village, town and city in America, including China, Maine. The town in the far northeast corner of the country has a population of about 4,500 in the off-season, 5,500 when the fish are biting in China Lake. 

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Life after Jan. 1: Kentucky Clinic Offers Early Glimpse at Realities of Health Care Law

The envelopes began arriving in December across eastern Kentucky, one of the sickest and poorest corners of the country. 

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Rural Health Care Improves

There is good news about healthcare improving in the rural United States, where health care has lagged in comparison to metropolitan areas. 

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Safety Net Resources

340B Drug Pricing Program - Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)


The primary federal agency for improving access to health care services to people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. APhA is contracted through HRSA to provide program integrity, information, analysis and program developments for the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

Alliance for Integrated Medication Management (AIMM)


This nonprofit organization works to expand, extend and accelerate the work of the Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC).



The 340B Prime Vendor Program (PVP) is managed by Apexus through a contract awarded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the federal government branch responsible for administering the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU)


A nonprofit trans-disciplinary organization of clinicians, advocates and health care organizations united in a common mission to improve the health of America's underserved populations and to enhance the development and support of the health care clinicians serving these populations.

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)


A federal agency that administrates the Medicare program and works with state governments to administer Medicaid, and the Children's Hospital Insurance Program.

Dispensary of Hope

Dispensary of Hope

This national, not-for-profit, social enterprise connects medication surplus from manufacturers and physicians with patients in our nation's safety net.

Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA)


This non-profit helps oncology and hematology pharmacy practitioners and their associates provide the best possible cancer care.

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)


NACHC works with a network of state health center and primary care organizations to serve health centers by providing research-based advocacy, educating the public about the mission and value of health centers and training and providing technical assistance to health center staff and boards.

National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA)


A membership organization representing the nation's family planning providers. NFPRHA members have provided high-quality preventative health care services to health centers to millions of women and men every year.

National Rural Health Association (NRHA)


This organization offers a wide range of membership consisting of individuals and organizations, all of whom have a common interest in rural health.

Safety Net Hospitals for Pharmaceutical Access (SNHPA)


This association monitors, educates, and serves as an advocate on federal legislative and regulatory issues related to drug pricing and other pharmacy matters affecting safety-net providers.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)


As 1 of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports research that helps people make more informed decisions and improves the quality of health care services.