It’s in the news; it’s the talk around the water-cooler: the health care industry is changing. Reform will mean changes for our patients, but many, possibly most, will remain uninsured. They will still turn to the Clinic as their only medical option beyond the emergency room of their nearest hospital, and we need your help. Please consider a donation today to "Continue the Care".
The cashier helping you at the grocery store might come to us for help with her diabetes, relying on the Clinic’s chronic care team to manage her condition so she can go to work and provide for her family.
It’s possible the barista at your favorite coffee shop receives care from the Behavioral Health department, and our counselors are helping her move past abuse suffered in a previous relationship—toward a brighter future.
The movie theater employee who took your tickets or sold you popcorn could have had four cavities filled by the Oral Health team – allowing him to go back to work pain-free, and give you a smile of welcome.
Our patients are Kansas City’s “working poor,” and many of them won’t see relief from the Affordable Care Act. They work long hours at low-paying jobs, but are still below the federal poverty line. They fall in the gap of making too much to qualify for subsidies on insurance, but too little to be able to afford even the cheapest plans available to them.
They will still need the Clinic even after health care reform, because for a variety of reasons they will remain uninsured. We need your help to be able to continue the services they critically need. Our patients’ lives will not change overnight when the ACA takes effect on the first of January. They need care now, and I hope they can continue to count on you. Please make a donation today, or consider becoming a "Patient Partner" and sponsoring a patient's medical care in 2014.
On behalf of the thousands of patients we see each year, thank you for your support!
Sheridan Y. Wood