The oldest free and charitable clinic in the U.S. continues to provide important health care


The Problem
People with annual earnings of $23,760 or less are unable to pay for the high deductibles, monthly premiums and co-pays tied to their insurance plans…see below chart:

Subsidy assistance Deductible Type of market place insurance plan
Yes – pays for monthly premium $6,800 Bronze:   plan pays 60% / consumer 40%
Monthly premium $131 with subsidy $2,300 Silver:  plan pays 70% /consumer 30%
Monthly premium $261 with subsidy $3,000 Gold: plan pays 80% / consumer 20%
——————– —————– Platinum:  plan pays 90% / consumer 10%

(not offered for 200% or below the FPL)

Penalty collected by IRS for not having health insurance: $695 per adult; 347.50 per child or 2.5% of household income…whichever is higher.

Exceptions for being penalized for not having health insurance:  homeless, facing eviction or foreclosure, shut off notice from utility company, domestic violence, death of family member, natural disaster, bankruptcy, medical expenses resulting in substantial debt, not eligible for Medicaid because state did not expand Medicaid or a person’s insurance was cancelled.

Our Approach…

  • The Social Welfare Board provides low cost primary and women’s health, and dental care to people with limited incomes.
  • Family planning services are provided on a sliding fee scale basis.
  • Medical patients are asked to pay $5.00 per medical visit.
  • The clinic connects established patients to free or low cost medications and specialty care.
  • The dental clinic charges $15.00 per tooth.
  • Homeless persons have access to medical, counseling and case management services regardless of ability to pay.

Our Impact….

2015-2016 patient visit data: medical 7,192; dental 3,878; Westside (women’s health/family planning 3,500; Home Unit (program for the Homeless) 2,715.

Annually approximately $5,000,000 worth of medications are dispensed free of charge from the clinic’s dispensary and patient assistance programs.

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Donations of any size are appreciated and will help sustain the healthcare services that the Social Welfare Board provides the uninsured residents of Buchanan County.

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