On Tuesday November 6th, American’s voted for the next President of the United States of America. Barack Obama has been re-elected as President and Joe Biden will join him as the Vice President.
On behalf of the Board and members of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics we congratulate the President and Vice President. As American’s we will support you, and Free and Charitable Clinics remain willing and ready to work with you, your Administration and policy makers to help address the needs of the medically underserved in our country.
One of the most common misconceptions about how the United States will look after the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that there will no longer be a need for Free and Charitable Clinics to continue to provide charity care as a member of the safety net. In fact, many are surprised to hear that even after full implementation of the ACA, there may be as many as 26 million people who are still without access to health insurance.
In the upcoming months and years, doctors, hospitals, navigators, states, clinics and patients will be addressing the needs of the underserved with respect to affordability, accessibility and portability of care.
Free and Charitable Clinics will continue to be an important and critical part of America’s safety net and will continue to help build a healthy America one patient at a time.