There will soon be new help for sick people in the north country who have no insurance.
The North Country Childrens Clinic is waiting on equipment and state certification in order to begin treating adults who are uninsured.
In particular, clinic officials want to reach out to young people it has treated but who have "aged out," and are no longer eligible to be treated as children.
Also, clinic officials want to help the parents of children cared for at the clinic.
Part of the plan: get uninsured adults into the health care system.
"They might start out as uninsured but we'll work to get them on Medicaid or Family Health Plus, one of the public insurance options that are available," said Aileen Martin, the clinic's executive director.
Grants paid for renovations, including four examination rooms, and recently the New York State Health Foundation kicked in $100,000 in staff and equipment.
"Here was an organization that was delivering services to children and then realized that many of the parents did not have access to primary care physicians," said Dr. James Knickman, CEO of the health foundation.
The new adult clinic will have a staff of five, including a doctor and nurses. The services offered: primary care, including mental health, with referrals to specialists, when needed.
Saturday, December 10, 2016, Watertown, NY
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