Safety-Net Clinics Get Money To Expand Services
NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA - Four clinics in North Central Florida will receive money from Tallahassee they haven't seen in years...and it will be used to provide more health services to low income patients.
These safety-net health care clinics charge low fees or no fees to people who are uninsured or underinsured.
These people often fall into the crack where they don't qualify for medicaid but cannot afford subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.
For the acorn clinic that serves rural Alachua, Bradford, and Union Counties...the money means they can once again provide services like mental health care.
The money also helps with their UF partnerships where students...such as these dental students...can work their rotations in a rural setting.
Lorielle Alter, 2nd year pediatric dentist student - "without this clinic you wouldn't have that you would be in the same clinic, in the same facility all the time with the same people and you open your eyes to working with not only different patients but different people."
The $750,000 from the governor will be distributed this year between three clinics in Alachua County and one in Duval County.
The services go in efect on July 1st.
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