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Sponsored by: Oates <br /> CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br /> RESOLUTION 2010 -109 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br /> ALASKA, GRANTING APPROVAL TO THE CITY MANAGER TO <br /> SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL FUNDING TO ESTABLISH <br /> A COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER TO SERVE THE SEWARD <br /> COMMUNITY <br /> WHEREAS, a Seward Community Needs Assessment in 2008 provided a <br /> comprehensive view of health issues and a Seward Primary Care Feasibility Analysis in 2010 <br /> substantiated the need to make affordable primary health care available to the medically <br /> uninsured and underinsured population, and <br /> WHEREAS, the City must improve the efficiency of primary health care delivery and <br /> management; and <br /> WHEREAS, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) is also known as a <br /> Community Health Center; and <br /> WHEREAS, the Health Center Program is authorized by Section 330 of the Public <br /> Health Services Act and makes grants to private non -profit and public agencies to subsidize the <br /> cost of providing primary health services to the medically underserved: and <br /> WHEREAS, a Community Health Center supports implementation of the best practices <br /> from the Patient Centered Medical Home Model and better integration of the City health care <br /> delivery system; and <br /> WHEREAS, a Community Health Center allows higher reimbursement rates for <br /> Medicare and Medicaid patients; and <br /> WHEREAS, a Community Health Center makes medical school tuition reimbursement <br /> available to attract doctors; and <br /> WHEREAS, a Community Health Center is eligible for Federal Tort Claims Act <br /> medical malpractice coverage for health centers' officers, governing board members, employees, <br /> and certain practitioner contractors; and <br /> WHEREAS, HRSA encourages a Community Health Center to collaborate and contract <br /> with other community health providers to expand access to health care and reduce costs; and <br /> WHEREAS, a Community Health Center could operate, initially, from the site of the <br /> current City owned Family Care Clinic; and <br />