Yesterday was a great day for the Kansas City Care Clinic. On Wednesday, August 15, the Kansas clinic was declared a federally qualified health center, which means that the institution is now able to receive federal grants, enhanced medical care and Medicaid reimbursement.
The institution that was previously recognized as the Kansas City Free Health Clinic declared that the declaration automatically means that they will receive $650 thousand in federal funds. The money will mainly be used to expand the clinic’s capacity to take care of anybody who is in need of medical assistance in the local area.
While the same health services are preserved for people who are uninsured, the clinic will expand to pediatric care for senior citizens and people who are on Medicare and Medicaid.
The clinic has a very interesting history. It was founded back in 1971 under the name Westport Free Health Clinic for the uninsured. But the clinic always looked forward to a better future and has adopted a change in business model. The Kansas Clinic is no longer a free clinic nowadays, but a charitable one that offers support to all patients, insured or uninsured.
But uninsurance is in being reduced drastically in some American states, Arkansas and Kentucky being two of them who have decreased uninsurance by a good number of percentage points. Back in 2013, the percentage of uninsured people in Arkansas was 22.5. In the first half of 2015, however, the uninsurance percentage is 9.1%.
Kentucky dropped from 20.4 percent in 2013 to 9 percent in 2015 and Rhode Island, which is on the fourth spot in the hierarchy, dropped from 13.3 percent to 2 percent. We are talking about big, positive changes that are being made in our health system, changes that are going to affect the country in a very positive way in the following years.
Out of the 10 states with the greatest uninsured percentages, seven have expanded Medicaid and taken their place as among the marketplace exchangers and established a state-federal partnership. According to recent statistics, the percentage of nationwide uninsurance has dropped from 17.3 percent in 2013 to 11.7 percent in 2015.
The information was gathered and calculated based on the people’s answer to the question “Do you have health insurance coverage?” The information was gathered on a daily basis, in between January and June 2015 and range in between 232 Hawaiian members selected randomly and 86 hundred Californian citizens.
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