Need for free care continues despite Affordable Care Act

MOORESVILLE - Alex Ming figures he’d be dead of a heart ailment if it weren’t for HealthReach Community Clinic.  The free medical clinic on Statesville Avenue serves Iredell County residents whose household incomes are 250 percent of the federal poverty level or less and have no health insurance or just catastrophic coverage.

“This clinic right here, if it wasn’t for them, I’d probably die,” Ming, a 47-year-old tow truck driver with no health insurance, said during a recent checkup with a family nurse practitioner at the clinic. “These people are a godsend for me.”  Ming said he earns $400 a week and can’t afford insurance under the Affordable Care Act for him and his wife, Linda, who is disabled. They’ve struggled to pay for food, utilities and other bills and dropped their Internet service...

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The News & Observer
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