FLHSA formally emerged after passage of the 1974 National Health Planning and Resources Development Act. Under this Act, FLHSA and 204 other HSAs were granted unprecedented control over health service development, and they were required to evaluate applications for federal health program funds and conduct periodic assessments of the “appropriateness” of all institutional health services under their jurisdiction. Essentially, the 1974 Act granted federal authority and funds for state and regional health planning from 1975 to 1986, solidifying FLHSA’s position in the Finger Lakes region.
By the late 1980s, however, national and local enthusiasm for community health planning started to wane. Increasingly, the business community and government sought market solutions to
control spiraling health care costs. Nationwide, this marked the beginning of the end for most HSAs. FLHSA endured, however, because local leaders stepped in when government support began to erode.
Today, the agency is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our board of directors includes leaders from hospitals, insurers, business, human-service agencies, education and government. Agency leadership and staff include health-data experts, physicians and community advocates with extensive experience in their fields.