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Ohio's Free Clinics

 

Ohio House of Representatives Passes Legislation to Strengthen Free Clinics

The Ohio Association of Free Clinics would like to thank the House of Representatives for passing HB320.  This important bill will provide the following tools for free clinics:

  • Extend immunity from civil liability for certain volunteer health care professionals.
  • Declares all free clinics a Health Resource Shortage Area, which will make changes to the state’s physician and dentist loan repayment programs.
  • Create and/or expand volunteer certificates for retired nurses, doctors and dentists volunteering in free clinics.
  • Designats December as “Free Clinic Appreciation Month”.

Representative Ron Young of Lake County, who authored this bill stated “Free clinics play an important role in the delivery of health care in Ohio. They help to reduce inappropriate use of hospital Emergency Rooms, link people to care that prevents them from becoming more ill, and in general helps people stay healthy to be productive members of the community. They perform these services by delivering world class medical care free of charge.”

The bill passed in the House of Representatives with a vote of 91 -1.  It now heads to the Senate.  The bill can be read in its entirety as reported by the committee on Health & Aging.
HB320 As Reported by the House Health & Aging Committee

 

The Ohio Association of Free Clinics (OAFC) advocates on behalf of Ohio’s free clinics and the people they serve. OAFC is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with 51 member clinics. We do not provide direct health care services on-site, but support those clinics that do. We also provide referrals to a health clinic for those seeking care. Free clinic services vary, but may include: primary care, prescription assistance, dental, vision, behavioral health and other specialties. Using cost-effective strategies, such as in-kind services and donations of health care resources and time, free clinics provide for the health care needs of their patients. These strategies mean that every dollar invested in free clinics brings nearly $18.00 in care for patients. Free clinics provide access to care for many who find themselves temporarily unemployed or unable to obtain employer-based health insurance.
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OAFC exists to educate and equip free clinic in planning and delivering quality health care for the underserved.