Volunteer clinics still essential for uninsured rural America: 3 takeaways

Poor Americans struggling to pay for basic healthcare continue to turn to volunteer clinics in southwestern Virginia and other areas where states have opted against expanding Medicaid, according to a Kaiser Health News report.

Here are three takeaways on the issue.

1. The demand for volunteer clinics, such as free mobile clinics run by nonprofit Remote Area Medical, has stayed strong due to the decision by states like Virginia not to expand Medicaid and the lack of dental and vision coverage even for the insured, according to the article.

2. In Virginia, poor residents are left to rely on charity care, and Remote Area Medical is the most visible, according to the report.

3. The most common complaints at RAM clinics are painful, rotting teeth, according to the report.

For more on this story, read Sarah Varney's report in Kaiser Health News.

 

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