Lamar gets new medical clinic
August 27, 2015
A grant of $487,000 was recently awarded to Access Family Care Medical and Dental Clinics, according to Sylvia M. Burwell, secretary of the United States Dept. of Health and Human Services. The $487,000 award will allow Access Family Care to open a new medical clinic, in Lamar, serving the people of Barton County. The new Lamar Medical Clinic must be operational within 120 days, in order to fulfill the grant award requirements.

“Across the country, health centers have provided a source of high-quality primary care for people in rural and urban communities for 50 years,” said Acting Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield. “These Affordable Care Act funds build on the strong legacy of the health center program and provide even more individuals and families with access to the care they need the most.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 data, an estimated 773,000 Missourians lacked health insurance, as of 2013. It is the Mission of the Access Family Care to serve all persons quality affordable health care, with a direct emphasis on care to the under insured and uninsured population.

“This is a very exciting day, for us at Access Family Care," said Don Mcbride, ACCESS chief executive officer. "For a couple of years, we have been working diligently to bring our quality medical services to Lamar. We especially look forward to working with Barton County Memorial Hospital and help them shoulder the medical needs of the uninsured and underinsured....."

ACCESS Family Care (ACCESS), was founded in 1996 as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) for the purpose of increasing access to primary health care for those who lack medical insurance coverage. As an FQHC, ACCESS receives a 330 Federal grant from the Bureau of Primary Health Care designed to offset the expenses associated with providing sliding fee discounts to patients who demonstrate economic need.

Headquartered in Neosho, ACCESS Family Care Medical and Dental Clinics employ 173 people, as of July 2015. It provides Medical and Dental services through operations in Joplin, Anderson, and Cassville and Medical services only through Clinics in Neosho and Mount Vernon.

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