Free clinic in Kentucky isn't expecting Affordable Care Act to put it out of business

12/20/2013 10:18 AM

Even though the Affordable Care Act is aimed at making sure the uninsured have health coverage, free clinics — including one in northeast Kentucky — isn’t planning on shutting down any time soon.

The New Hope Clinic, which serves low-income and uninsured patients in Bath County and surrounding areas, expects to continue serving patients who fall through the cracks.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Kentucky has expanded Medicaid to those making up to 138 percent of the poverty rate for an individual. New Hope Clinic Director Bill Grimes says that will cover about 2,000 of the 2,700 patients of the clinic.

“Is that going to put me out of business? No. There are still going to be people who maybe make a little more than they can to get a medical card but they still can not afford insurance,” Grimes said. “We are still going to have people who are eligible for insurance but simply can’t afford the premiums.”

While the clinic is encouraging all their patients to sign up for insurance, Julia Maness, a nurse practitioner who is one of the New Hope Clinic’s co-founders, says she expects the first year under the Affordable Care Act to expose many issues that cause individuals to fall through the cracks.

Senior Reporter Don Weber takes a closer look at the situation the clinic faces as the Affordable Care Act begins to take effect. (Watch full story below).

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