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Anderson Free Clinic one of Many in Upstate Struggling to Find Money

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Funding for free clinic care is at a serious low. Now some Upstate counties that if the money isn't raised, fewer people may have access to medical care.

Experts say thousands turn to no-cost clinics in the Upstate like the Anderson Free Clinic for help.

Many people are part of a large group making more than $11,000 a year, the cut off in South Carolina for medicaid, but not enough to qualify for marketplace subsidies with the Affordable Care Act.

Upstate clinics are asking for your help financially or services may be cut back.

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“Tthe quality of care would not decrease, never, but the ability to deliver services is reduced, hours of clinic, number of patients we see reduced,” said Board Chair Steve Krause.

It takes more than half a million dollars a year to keep most clinics running.

A fundraiser walk this weekend hopes to raise just over 90,000, not even a fifth of Anderson clinic’s budget but what they need to continue to provide care.

We checked with other Upstate clinics in Greenville and Spartanburg. They said they are also seeing the number of patients increase but more money isn't coming in. Clinics say they can also draw from grants but receive no federal money.

Here's a link to St. Luke's clinic in Spartanburg 

Visit the Anderson Free Clinic website here for more information.

HERE'S A LIST OF FREE CLINICS IN SC

“Here’s more info about Walk with the Docs”


2014 “Walk with the Docs” … “run with the nurses”

March 29th Saturday Anderson - Race and Walk At AnMed Health North Campus

2000 East Greenville St

* 9:00 a.m. - Run with the Nurses

(29 pre-registered racers only) 9:15 Registrations for Walk and Team Competition

* 10:00 a.m. Walk begins

Honea Path - Walk At the Honea Path Middle School Football Field

* 10:15 a.m. Registration and mingling

* 11.a.m - Walk begins

400 reasons to support the Walk with the Docs

There are actually more than 400 reasons to support Walk with the Docs! Each one is a person that can become a new patient of the Free Clinic.

Anderson Free Clinic’s annual “Walk with the Docs” & its added 5K “run with the nurses” component raises funds for FREE medical and dental care as well as prescription assistance to the poorest population in all Anderson County. ALL Free Clinic patients do not qualify for Medicaid or the Affordable Care Insurance. The Free Clinic IS their health “plan” and the Free Clinic can only continue serving them with the help of our community

29 racers participating to Run with the Nurses on March 29th WILL BE helping raise:

1. Awareness of the impact that the free clinic has in the life of patients who have the free clinic as their medical home.

2. Funds for the free clinic by collecting pledges for his/her run.

“Catch me if you can”, dared Dr. Michael Kunkel who is participating in the … run with the nurses for the second year, after winning second place last year.

We hope to have a record attendance at the Walk, Said Karen Mauch AFC staff and Fund development Coordinator .

When you donate $25, you receive a Walk t-shirt and help raise money for FREE medical and dental care and prescription assistance to the uninsured poor in Anderson County. WORKING TOGETHER WORKS , said Sandra Brooks, Intake Coordinator of the Anderson Free Clinic

The Walk and the Race combined need to raise 20% of the 2014 operating budget to run the ANDERSON FREE CLINIC & HONEA PATH FREE CLINIC.

* Otherwise , the Free Clinic as of June will need to have in place an expense reduction plan, that will result in taking fewer new patients. That is very sad that will would need to resort to that when people who do not qualify for Medicaid or the Affordable Care Insurance are going to the Free Clinic asking for The Free Clinic to be their health “plan” , spoke Barb Baptista, Executive Director of the Free Clinic,

* As per Steve Krause, Anderson Free Clinic Board Chair ,” the small staff of the Free Clinic has demonstrated that they can mobilize the time and talents of Anderson County’s residents, businesses, churches, health-care providers and institutions of higher education’s faculty and students, and with that every dollar donated to the Free Clinic generates $8 of health services to the low-income uninsured in Anderson County”,

* This event offers an opportunity to show support for the work of the Free Clinic and our commitment to the community we are privileged to live in said Dr. Stuart Barnes , Medical Director of the Anderson Free Clinic

The Anderson Free Clinic and its satellite, the Honea Path Free Clinic, plan on assisting 400 new patients in 2014. In order to accomplish this commitment, we need your financial help.

ALL Free Clinic patients do not qualify for Medicaid or the Affordable Care Insurance. The Free Clinic IS their health “plan” and we can only continue serving them with the help of our community

With no government funding, the Free Clinic serves as a medical home for the poorest and most vulnerable citizens of Anderson County. The clinic provides FREE medical and dental care as well as prescription assistance. Many of you may know someone who would have nowhere to go if it were not for the Free Clinic.


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