On January 1, 2013 the Clinic became the Kansas City CARE Clinic. This name reflects our commitment to CARE - Care, Access, Research and Education. Read the full press release here.
Why did the name change?
The new name more accurately reflects what we do for you – provide Care, Access, Research & Education. In addition this positions us for the future. We anticipate that many patients will have access to some kind of coverage in the future – and we need to make sure you can still get the care you need here. We are changing so that in the future we can serve you better.
Does this mean you are no longer free? What if I can't pay?
New healthcare laws in the future will require us to accept payment and bill insurance plans for services we provide. We will also ask patients to contribute to their care with a $10 donation. But, we will not turn away anyone who can't afford to pay. We still believe that healthcare is a basic human right, just as our founders did in 1971.
I come several time a months for care – Do I need to pay $10 each time?
We will ask you for a $10 donation at every visit. We estimate that most patients' appointments cost us about $200. We will never ask you to pay this full amount - just $10.
What does Health Care Reform mean?
The Affordable Care Act is a new healthcare law that will try to improve the healthcare system, and it takes effect on January 1, 2014. Details are:
- Greater access to health coverage, and protection against losing coverage
- Steps to stop insurance companies from canceling coverage if you get sick
- Preventative and screening services are usually free, so problems can be caught (and treated) earlier, giving people a better chance at recovery
- Offers plans for people with pre-existing conditions
Who can come here? Does this mean anyone can get care now?
Yes, in the future both insured and uninsured people can get help at the Clinic. Our basic mission remains the same: to provide quality services to the uninsured and underserved of Kansas City.