Macon Volunteer Clinic preparing for rise in uninsured Macon residents

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Macon Volunteer Clinic is planning on getting a lot busier if the proposed Senate healthcare bill passes.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the current proposal would leave more than 20 million people in the United State uninsured.

 

“Clinics like this are going to get even busier,” Dr. Carl Lane, a volunteer physician at the clinic said.

The U.S. Senate is trying to get a healthcare bill up for a vote that would repeal and replace Obamacare but the current proposal leave many without insurance.

“Health insurance is absolutely critical to any individual who wants to prosper and thrive,” Rita McCurdy,  Executive Director at Macon Volunteer Clinic said.

McCurdy says the current number of uninsured people in Bibb County is 17 percent. She expects that number to go up. But just because you don’t have health insurance, doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get care.

“There are a lot of physicians and nurses who are willing to help these people,” Dr. Lane said.

Volunteer Macon Clinic has been helping people for 15 years.

“Hospitals, local providers, churches, community groups, local foundations all got together in 2002 so that we could offer this healthcare,” McCurdy said.

According to the clinic, to be eligible for its care you have to:

  • Be actively employed
  • Live in Bibb County
  • Be between the ages of 18-64
  • Be uninsured
  • Provide a valid social security number
  • Provide a current year 1040 Tax Return
  • Earn no more than 200 percent of the 2017 federal income guidelines

For more information about the Macon Volunteer Clinic, call 478-755-1110 or visit its website at http://MaconVolunteerClinic.com 

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