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With demand already up, free clinics anticipate more need
Post date: February 15, 2017
When AmeriCares Free Clinics opened a new facility to treat the uninsured in Stamford last month, it didn’t take long to see what Executive Director Karen Gottlieb called the “unmet need.” “The phones haven’t stopped ringing, and people are walking in, looking to make appointments,” Gottlieb said tw...
The Connecticut Mirror
NAFC Partners with Henry Schein Medical This #GivingTuesday to Address Diabetes Among the Medically Underserved
Post date: November 29, 2016
ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - November 29, 2016) - The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is partnering with Henry Schein Medical, the U.S. medical business of Henry Schein, Inc., this #GivingTuesday to provide much needed diabetic supplies to the medically underserved thr...
Marketwired - NAFC Press Release
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity Presented by the NAFC Awarded to Charitable Pharmacy Director Mike Espel
Post date: October 04, 2016
The First Annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Award for Health Equity presented by the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) has been awarded to Mike Espel, Pharmacy Director for the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy in Cincinnati, OH.  “For decades, Free and Ch...
Marketwired - NAFC Press Release
The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics Awards Inaugural Safety Net Health Champion Award to Senator Andy Gardiner
Post date: September 13, 2016
The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) has presented its First Annual Safety Net Health Champion Award to Senator Andy Gardiner from Orlando, Florida. The Safety Net Health Champion Award recognizes an individual's dedication to Free & Charitable Clinics and the medical...
Marketwired - NAFC Press Release
Affordable Care Act: Access to insurance is no guarantee a person will have access to care
Post date: September 05, 2016
Paul Vondra is just the sort of person the architects of Obamacare had in mind.  The 59-year-old Bellevue resident is a temporary worker contracted through a New Jersey agency to work as a mail clerk for a major local bank. He doesn’t own a car, so he bikes each day to his job in the Strip District....
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Virginia's free clinics 'really struggling' in the face of growing hurdles
Post date: August 27, 2016
Anna Griswold was about 20 years old when she began looking for medical services. Certain she was not male, the gender she was assigned at birth, she was looking for both a therapist familiar with transgender issues and someone who could start her on the appropriate hormone therapy.  At the time, sh...
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Needle exchange tops 300 in first year
Post date: August 20, 2016
MORGANTOWN — Jane’s arms, legs and stomach are bruised and scarred from her Suboxone injections.  She glances appreciatively at a handful of baby carrots and celery, and a blob of ranch dressing, sitting on a tiny Styrofoam plate – perhaps her only meal of the day.  Jane is at Milan Puskar Health Ri...
The Dominion Post
Mobile health clinic expands to mental health care
Post date: July 18, 2016
BLOOMINGTON — People with chronic mental illness die — on average — 10 to 20 years earlier than other people because they are less likely to get adequate physical health care, said advance practice nurse Melinda Roth.  "Mental illness is associated with chronic physical illnesses, such as cardiovasc...
The Pantagraph
Free Clinics Expanding Mission To Help Insured Patients With High Expenses
Post date: April 19, 2016
Denise Johnson works two jobs, but neither of them offers health insurance to part-timers like her. She signed up for a marketplace plan this year, but for routine medical care, Johnson still goes to the free clinic near her Charlottesville, Virginia, home. The problem is her plan’s deductible of at...
Kaiser Health News
Saturday, the Dallas Convention Center Will Be the "World's Largest Doctor's Office"
Post date: April 07, 2016
Since the Affordable Care Act became effective, nearly a million previously uninsured Texans have acquired health insurance. That's good, but despite the gains, Texas still has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the country and the highest raw number of uninsured residents. Gains in Texas ha...
Dallas Observer
Dallas Event Billed as 'World's Biggest Doctor's Office'
Post date: April 07, 2016
The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas was being transformed Thursday into a free medical clinic that will see more than 1,000 patients on Saturday. "We're turning the convention center into the world's largest doctor's office," said Nicole Lamoureaux, organizer with the National Assoc...
NBC DFW
Texans Eligible for Three Months Free Prescriptions - $250,000 Medication Donation Announced for April 9 Massive Dallas Health Event; Residents Urged to Call for Appointments
Post date: April 04, 2016
In an effort to help curb the high costs of medications that so many people are facing in Texas, Rx Outreach has announced a donation of $250,000 worth of free prescription medicine for Texas residents who attend the one-day free health C.A.R.E. Clinic on Saturday, April 9, at the Kay Bailey Hutc...
PRNewswire
Medically Underserved Should Register Now for Massive One-Day Free Clinic in Dallas - Volunteers and Donations for Event Still Needed
Post date: March 03, 2016
    DALLAS – Organizers of the large, one-day, free health clinic that will be held Saturday, April 9, in Dallas are urging Texans who need to see a doctor to call 1-800-340-1301 toll-free to register for appointments as soon as possible. The clinic will be sponsored by the National Association of F...
NAFC Press Release
Pop-Up Health Clinics Fill a Void in Care - Nonprofits use volunteers to allow patients to see a doctor or dentist—even if it’s only for a day
Post date: February 16, 2016
Nicole Lamoureux needs about 1,200 volunteers to help complete her mission: transforming a Dallas convention center into what she calls “the largest doctor’s office in the world—for the one day it’s open.” This temporary mega-doctor’s office—a pop-up clinic, if you will—is part of a growing trend re...
The Wall Street Journal
Massive Free Medical Clinic for Underserved Will Return to Dallas - Volunteers Can Register Now and Donations Are Needed
Post date: February 10, 2016
DALLAS, Feb. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A one-day, free health clinic will be held Saturday, April 9, in Dallas to provide much-needed care to people with limited or no access to health care. The clinic will be sponsored by the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) in conjun...
NAFC Press Release
Massive Free Medical Clinic for Underserved Returning To Dallas
Post date: February 10, 2016
​DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A one-day, free health clinic will be held Saturday, April 9, in Dallas to provide much-needed care to people with limited or no access to health care. ​“Access to affordable health care is still a major issue for many people in this country, especially in states like Texas th...
CBS DFW
PediPlace CEO elected national chairman of association
Post date: February 09, 2016
PediPlace President and CEO, Larry Robins was elected national board chairman of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC). “This year is an important one for each of our clinics, our volunteers, our patients and for the NAFC,” Robins said. “I am continually made aware of the ma...
Lewisville Leader
Free and Charitable Clinic Association to Launch National Health Improvement Campaign
Post date: February 01, 2016
 ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is launching a health pledge program, Impact15, today across the country as part of a year-long campaign to honor the association’s 15-year anniversary. Impact15 serves as a monthly pledge program to show participants...
NAFC Press Release
The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Post date: January 14, 2016
NAFC Marks Occasion with Website Redesign, Anniversary Logo and Announcement of New Board Member and Officers Alexandria, VA - The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) celebrates its 15-year Anniversary and to mark the occasion has released a newly redesigned website, a comme...
NAFC Press Release
Need for free care continues despite Affordable Care Act
Post date: December 26, 2015
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...
The News & Observer
The Medically Uninsured Are Working Folk Too
Post date: December 17, 2015
As we come into the Holiday season, I find this a good time to give thanks for all the blessings that my family, my friends and most of us have, in one way or another. And it's also a good time to think about those that are less unfortunate than we are. And this includes the medically uninsured. Les...
Huffington Post
NAFC Looks for Support for the Medically Underserved This Giving Tuesday
Post date: December 01, 2015
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is encouraging Americans to take an active part in Giving Tuesday, December 1, the global day dedicated to giving back. “During this time of Thanksgiving, many individuals with limited or no access to health care gave...
NAFC Press Release
NAFC Looks for Support for the Medically Underserved This Giving Tuesday
Post date: December 01, 2015
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is encouraging Americans to take an active part in Giving Tuesday, December 1, the global day dedicated to giving back. “During this time of Thanksgiving, many individuals with limited or no access to health care gave...
NAFC Press Release
National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Receives $60 Thousand Grant to Find and Celebrate Individuals Who Are Advancing Health Equity
Post date: November 04, 2015
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) —the nation’s leading philanthropy on health and health care—has awarded the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) a $60,000 grant spanning seven years to help establish the RWJF Awards for Health Equity.  The RWJF Awards for Health Equi...
NAFC Press Release
Free and Charitable Clinics Leader Receives 2015 Gelman Rosenberg and Freedman EXCEL Award
Post date: October 21, 2015
Nicole Lamoureux, Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) received recognition today from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement as a 2015 winner of the Gelman Rosenberg and Freedman EXCEL Award. She receives a $7,000 professional development grant,...
NAFC Press Release
400,000 Immigrants Lose Obamacare Coverage
Post date: September 12, 2015
New government procedures have caused more than 400,000 immigrants to lose healthcare coverage they received under Obamacare this year, according to the Associated Press.   The change in procedure shortens the timeframe during which foreign-born citizens can resolve eligibility issues, which has cau...
The Hill
Greenville Free Medical Clinic: Quality Care with Compassion
Post date: September 12, 2015
What does the word "free" mean to you?  Something of no value or poor quality?  Something that you can live without?  Well, think again.  In Greenville we have an amazing community asset that provides a medical home to more than 4,000 patients each year.  The Greenville Free Medical Clinic (GFMC) pr...
Greenville Business Magazine
Nurse Volunteers Power Free Clinics
Post date: August 24, 2015
Across the United States, nurse volunteers use their skills and time to staff free and charitable medical clinics. Their generosity helps operate 1,200 free clinics, often kept open through donations and private grants that provide a crucial health safety net in communities nationwide...  
Nurse.com
Free, Charitable Clinics Need Help
Post date: July 31, 2015
Despite the recent Gallup poll numbers on the uninsured, the hard fact remains that there are still millions of individuals who do not have access to affordable health care and health insurance. These individuals will continue to turn to the Free and Charitable Clinic system they have always relied...
Shreveport Times
Spotlight on the Safety Net – Charlotte Community Health Clinic
Post date: July 12, 2015
Charlotte Community Health Clinic (CCHC), now a federally qualified health center in Mecklenburg County, opened its doors 15 years ago to low-income, uninsured older adults. Our diverse patient population includes those who are employed, newly unemployed, poor, literate, illiterate, American, multie...
North Carolina Medical Journal
Florida’s Pressing Need for Clinics – Florida’s Health Needs Go Unmet – Letter to the Editor
Post date: July 03, 2015
A number of years ago, I drove with a friend to New Orleans to volunteer with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. For two days my friend and I joined more than 100 other nonprofessional volunteers as aides to the dozens of volunteer doctors and nurses and medical technicians ser...
Tampa Bay Times
Obamacare Subsidies’ Impact on Rural Missouri
Post date: July 01, 2015
When Darvin Bentlage needed colon surgery in 2007, he had an expensive stay at the hospital.  “The room alone for a week was $25,000,” Bentlage says. Add in the cost of the procedure and, “it added up to about $60,000 or $70,000.”  Bentlage is a farmer in Golden City, Missouri in the southwest of th...
KBIA 91.3, Mid-Missouri Public Radio
Health Groups Laud SCOTUS ACA Decision
Post date: June 25, 2015
The fate of President Obama’s signature legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), hung on just four words: “…established by the State.” The Supreme Court of the United States sided with the Obama administration in a 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell...  
The Non Profit Times
With Generic Prescription Drug Prices Surging, Families Are Feeling the Squeeze
Post date: May 28, 2015
When Tricia Salese called her local pharmacy for a price check on her next prescription refill, she was stunned when the pharmacist told her the cost of her generic-brand pain medication had gone up again.  Salese, 49, started talking fentanyl citrate, the generic version of Actiq, a powerful painki...
ABC News
Insurers' high-deductible plans leave many without needed care
Post date: May 18, 2015
A dozen or so years ago, a small group of wealthy corporate insurance executives decided their customers were not paying nearly enough for the medical care they received. How else to explain the fact that managed care — which they had touted as a silver bullet just a decade earlier — had failed mise...
The Center for Pulbic Integrity
Free Clinic organizers want people to know: ‘We’re not going anywhere’
Post date: May 15, 2015
With the Affordable Care Act requiring everyone in the country to have health insurance, some ask if there’s still be a need for River Falls-based free medical clinic. “We’re not going anywhere,” said Free Clinic co-founder Mary Conroy Johnson. “We’re still needed.” Heather Logelin, a member of th...
River Falls Journal
The Affordable Care Act: What Are the Facts After Five Years?
Post date: May 07, 2015
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been one of the most controversial pieces of social legislation enacted in recent history. Much of the debate, however, has been partisan and ideological in nature. A considered discussion of the law’s successes and failures to date is long overdue...
The Commonweath Fund Blog
Study: ‘Uninsured’ population has doubled to 31 million
Post date: May 05, 2015
One-quarter of people with healthcare coverage are paying so much for deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses that they are considered underinsured, according to a new study. An estimated 31 million insured people are not adequately protected against high medical costs, a figure that has doubled sinc...
The Hill
Senate and House Committees Reject Medicaid Expansion
Post date: April 29, 2015
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana’s lawmakers have turned back efforts to expand the state Medicaid program to give the working poor government-funded health insurance, the third year of defeats for the legislation.  The Senate health care committee voted 5-3 Wednesday against a coverage expansion b...
The Washington Times
What's Missing from the Obamacare Debate?
Post date: April 20, 2015
By the time you read this article, I will be on my way to Kansas City, MO or heading back home to Louisiana after volunteering at a massive free medical clinic. This is not my first time working with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) as a volunteer and definitely won't b...
Huffington Post Blog
Free medical clinic at Bartle Hall helps hundreds in the journey toward better health
Post date: April 18, 2015
Kira Roby went to the one-day free medical clinic Saturday at Bartle Hall with a couple of health concerns on her mind, one of which was that she might have diabetes.  The disease runs in her family. But the 26-year-old from Kearney, who works at a convenience store, has no health insurance and had...
Fox 4 News KC
Thousands gather at Bartle Hall for free medical care
Post date: April 18, 2015
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Most doctors’ offices are closed on the weekends, but that didn't stop thousands of patients from receiving free medical care Saturday at Bartle Hall as the convention center became a treatment center for the under-insured.  Craig Deitz, D.O. is the medical director for the Kansas...
Fox 4 News KC
CVS Health Foundation $5 Million Community Health Investment Improves Access, Affordability
Post date: April 17, 2015
The CVS Health Foundation, a private foundation created by CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS), today announced 55 new grant recipients as part of its multi-year, $5 million commitment to increase access to health care in communities nationwide. The grants were awarded through the CVS Health Foundati...
PRNewsire
Health insurance changes affecting free medical clinics
Post date: April 15, 2015
The KennyBurkett Clinic of Lagrange is closing because the founder says there’s no longer enough need for free healthcare services within the community.  That’s because the Affordable Care Act and Healthy Indiana Plan, otherwise known as HIP 2.0, provide free and low-cost medical insurance to many a...
wane.com
Over 1,200 Volunteers Registered for Massive Free Clinic Event at Close of National Volunteer Week - National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics Thanks Volunteers from Across the Nation
Post date: April 14, 2015
This weekend, in celebration of National Volunteer Week, The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is holding a massive one-day free health clinic event in Kansas City. NAFC thanks volunteers from across the country for their important work in helping to provide care to the me...
NAFC Press Release
In Wisconsin, Free Clinics Brace for More Fallout
Post date: April 07, 2015
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act is making life volatile for 70 free or charitable clinics at work in the Badger state, which has a population of 5.76 million. Gov. Scott Walker's defunding of Planned Parenthood clinics four years ago, combined with his refusal to accept federal aid to expa...
womensenews.org
RxOutreach to Provide Three Months of Free Medications to Patients at Free Health Care Clinic Event in Kansas City, Missouri
Post date: March 30, 2015
Kansas City Area Residents Urged to Call and Schedule Appointments for Massive One-Day Clinic Event RxOutreach announced today that it will donate up to $250,000 worth of medications for patients who attend the one-day free health clinic being held by the National Association of Free & Charitabl...
NAFC Press Release
Doctors' Appreciation Day: Docs offer free care at Crystal Lake clinic
Post date: March 29, 2015
Suzanne Hoban said it takes a “special kind of doctor” to work at the Family Health Partnership Clinic.  In fact, it has 29 “special” doctors who volunteer their services at the Crystal Lake-based clinic, where the only common denominator in patients is they are uninsured.  “The volunteer physicians...
Northwest Herald
Doctors, Nurses Offer Free Care At Malta House Mobile Clinic
Post date: March 28, 2015
When the Malta House of Care Mobile Medical Clinic arrives at St. Augustine's church in the South End on a recent Thursday afternoon, patients already have lined up, waiting to be seen.  Some took the bus or got a ride from a family member. Others walked from homes near and not so near. The sun is s...
Hartford Courant
AmeriCares: No drop in demand at free clinics
Post date: March 28, 2015
One year ago Tuesday we raced against the clock to ensure dozens of uninsured Fairfield County residents met the midnight deadline for the state health insurance exchange. It was a sprint finish for our months-long effort to make AmeriCares Free Clinics patients in Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk and S...
Stamford Advocate Opinion
Military Doctors Can Now Volunteer at Free Clinics in MS
Post date: March 24, 2015
The Bethel Free Health Clinic in Biloxi has been dealing with physician shortages for months now, and a state law has hindered doctors at military bases from volunteering their services since they are generally not licensed through the state.  The Bethel Free Health Clinic has been in desperate need...
WXXV25 FOX
Demand for free medical clinics still high after ‘Obamacare’ expansion
Post date: March 19, 2015
Unable to afford a visit to the doctor, part-time baby sitter Gwen Reese suffered from itching skin and slow-healing sores on her feet because her diabetes went untreated.  After months of anxiety, she finally sought help at a free medical clinic in Phoenix, where she was seen by a doctor and given...
Aljazeera America
Phone Lines are Open to Schedule Appointments for Free Health Care Clinic Event in Kansas City, Missouri
Post date: March 18, 2015
Kansas City Area Residents Urged to Call and Schedule Appointments for Massive Free Medical Clinic [KANSAS CITY, MO, March 18, 2015] – Kansas City area residents without access to health care are urged to call 1-800-340-1301 and register as soon as possible to schedule an appointment at the one-day...
NAFC Press Release
Massive Free Medical Clinic Event for the Underserved Returns to Kansas City - Volunteers Can Register Now and Donations Are Needed
Post date: February 18, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On April 18, 2015, a one-day free health clinic will be held in Kanas City, Missouri which will provide much needed health care to the area’s uninsured and medically underserved. The clinic, sponsored by the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) in conjuncti...
NAFC Press Release
“Dancing Like Ginger Rogers”: The Remarkable Work of Free and Charitable Clinics
Post date: February 16, 2015
At a recent grantee breakfast hosted by a corporate healthcare foundation, one of the attendees asked about the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on mainstream healthcare. The presenter named seismic shifts: outcomes-based measurement for reimbursement, integration of physical and mental healt...
Non Profit Quarterly
Patching the Safety Net
Post date: February 12, 2015
A female patient recently visited the East Orlando clinic of Shepherd’s Hope to have her blood pressure medication refilled.  During the nurse’s examination, the patient disclosed that rationing the medication made it last longer.  In the 15 minutes between seeing the nurse and waiting for the docto...
Orlando Medical News
UF, UCF med students learn at clinic for poor
Post date: February 11, 2015
Every other Thursday night, UCF medical students don their white coats and practice what will one day be their real job.  They see patients, run labs and schedule appointments at Grace Medical Home, which sees Orange County working poor who have no insurance.  “Thank you so much for being patient wi...
Orlando Sentinel
For many in Va., Medicaid coverage gap is unaffordable
Post date: December 15, 2014
The army of counselors who help people sign up online for insurance in the Affordable Care Act marketplace this open enrollment period face a range of reaction.  The sessions usually end in gratitude - and sometimes insurance for someone who has been going without a safety net. But occasionally ther...
The Virginian Pilot
Health Law Hurts Some Free Clinics
Post date: December 12, 2014
Some free health clinics serving the uninsured are shutting their doors because of funding shortfalls and low demand they attribute to the Affordable Care Act’s insurance expansion…
Wall Street Journal
NAFC and Rx Outreach Joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement to Encourage Supporting Free & Charitable Clinics and the Underserved this Giving Season
Post date: November 25, 2014
The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics and Rx Outreach are joining #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners – charities, families, businesses and individuals – to transform how people think about, talk about an...
NAFC Press Release
For Arlington’s poor, medical care is the prize in a free clinic’s lottery
Post date: November 20, 2014
One by one, the winning lottery numbers were called, 20 Arlingtonians who suddenly had a shot at medical care they could not afford anywhere else. More than 90 patients-in-waiting had lined up outside the Arlington Free Clinic for the drawing — whites, blacks, Hispanics and Asians, many with childre...
The Washington Post
Free clinics struggling with demand despite Obamacare
Post date: November 18, 2014
Despite more people having access to health care through the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid, area free clinic officials say the demand for free medical services is on track to exceed previous years.  Through ACA, millions of previously uninsured individuals have been able to compl...
The News-Herald
Healthcare Divides in America - Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont
Post date: October 13, 2014
For an article posted on Senator Bernie Sanders' official government website on visits made to free clinics in Virginia and West Virginia, please CLICK HERE. 
Congressional Record Statement by Senator Bill Nelson
Post date: September 17, 2014
Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson recognizes the outstanding work of Free & Charitable Clinics in the nation, highlighting Grace Medical Home in Orlando, Florida. To read the Congressional Record, please CLICK HERE. 
Use of Free and Charitable Clinics Sustains Post-Affordable Care Act - New Report Shows Urgent Need for Free and Charitable Clinics Remains Despite Full Implementation of Affordable Care Act
Post date: August 13, 2014
A new report released by the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) reveals that over the last two years the nation’s 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics have seen a 40 percent increase in patient demand, despite the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Congressional...
NAFC Press Release
Former Packers Star, Gilbert Brown to Kick-off Free Health Care Clinic at Alliant Energy Center on Saturday Morning
Post date: August 07, 2014
WI Area Residents Urged to Call to Schedule Appointments Tomorrow for Massive Free Medical Clinic Former Green Bay Packers nose tackle, Gilbert Brown will kick-off the Free Health Care Clinic being held in Madison this Saturday at the Alliant Energy Center.  Wisconsin area residents are urged to cal...
NAFC Press Release
Caring for Those Left Behind in the Shadow of Health Care Reform Implementation
Post date: April 11, 2014
Free and Charitable Clinics Remain Critical to the Health Care Safety Net WASHINGTON, April 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As the speculation of how many individuals have gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act continues to grow until the final number of enrollees is reported, one thing is for ce...
NAFC Press Release
CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Invests Millions of Dollars in Access to Health Care for Underserved Populations
Post date: April 11, 2014
Nearly 70 grants are awarded to Free and Charitable Clinics, School-Based Health Centers and Community Health Centers as part of a $5 million, multi-year initiative.  New CVS Caremark Community Health Barometer will provide data on the state of health care for underserved Americans WOONSOCKET, R.I.,...
PRNewswire
Support National Public Health Week and Build Healthier Communities Nationwide
Post date: April 10, 2014
This week marks National Public Health Week, a time to highlight issues that are important to improving the health of our nation. As we reflect on the state of the nation's health and the recent news of 7.1 million people enrolling under the Affordable Care Act, it is vital that we continue to make...
HuffPost - the Blog
The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Receives $1.4 Million Bequest
Post date: March 18, 2014
The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) announced that it has recently received a $1.4 million bequest from a long-time donor that wished to remain anonymous. "The NAFC is grateful for this generous gift and honored that the NAFC was selected to administer the donor's philanth...
NAFC Press Release
National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Receives Designation as Gold-Level GuideStar Exchange Participant - Elects 2014 Board of Directors
Post date: December 20, 2013
The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is excited to announce that the organization has been designated as a Gold-level GuideStar Exchange participant, due to the organization having demonstrated its commitment to transparency. To view the information about the NAFC, simply g...
NAFC Press Release
CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Reinforces Commitment to Community Health with $5 Million Investment to Expand Health Care Access Nationwide
Post date: December 17, 2013
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), today announced a $5 million commitment to expanding access to quality health care nationwide through partnerships with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC), the Schoo...
PRNewswire
Left behind: Stories from Obamacare’s 31 million uninsured
Post date: September 13, 2013
Every month, a hundred or so people crowd the lobby of the Arlington Free Clinic, clutching blue tickets to enter a health-care lottery. Uninsured and ailing, they hope to be among the two dozen who hit the jackpot and are given free care.  Some might think the lottery’s days are numbered, given tha...
The Washington Post
NAFC's Lamoureux Busby Named One of Nonprofits Top Executives
Post date: August 05, 2013
The Executive Director of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC), Nicole Lamoureux Busby, has been named one of the top executives in the non-profit sector by The NonProfit Times, the leading publication for the sector. According to The NonProfit Times, its 2013 Power and Inf...
NAFC Press Release
Hundreds Receive Free Health Care in New Orleans Through the Help of Sponsors, Donors and Volunteers - Event Highlights Continued Need for Access to Medical Care
Post date: July 16, 2013
The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics(NAFC) held another successful free clinic event in New Orleans this month. On July 3, 2013, part of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center was transformed into a massive doctors office, providing about 800 people with free medical care and info...
NAFC Press Release
Uninsured, Need Medical Care?
Post date: June 12, 2013
For many older Americans who aren't yet 65, these are precarious times: too young for Medicare, but too old, according to many employers, to be hired for jobs with health benefits; too well-off for Medicaid, but too cash-strapped to afford high health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs.  "Al...
AARP
Free Medical Clinic for Underserved Returns to New Orleans as Medicaid Expansion Discussions Continue - Volunteers Can Register Now and Donations Are Needed
Post date: May 16, 2013
The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) will return this July for its fourth massive free medical clinic in New Orleans, LA since 2009.   This event highlights the continued need for increased access to medical care as the Affordable Care Act is implemented and as many states,...
NAFC Press Release
NAFC Urges Participation in Giving Tuesday by Supporting Free and Charitable Clinics - PSA released spreading the word about the organization, clinics and patients
Post date: November 27, 2012
The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is urging people to participate in “Giving Tuesday” by donating to the NAFC or to their local clinic.  After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a great way for people to celebrate the generosity that can be found throughout...
NAFC Press Release
Calling on Uninsured Texans: Free Clinic to Assist Thousands
Post date: September 14, 2012
Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the country with about 26 percent of residents in general and 22 percent of children lacking health insurance. As it turns out, many of the uninsured aren’t aware of the free and affordable services available to them. On Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Dal...
88.9 KETR
As Uninsured Numbers are Released by Census Bureau, Appointment Phone Lines Open for Massive Health Clinic in Dallas - Over 1,000 Uninsured Expected to Receive Free Medical Care
Post date: September 13, 2012
As the new Census Bureau numbers on the Uninsured are released, organizers of a large, one-day free health clinic that will be held in Dallas on September 29th are urging Texas residents without insurance to register as soon as possible for appointments. The clinic will be held at the Dallas Convent...
NAFC Press Release
Volunteers Are Needed for Large Free Medical Clinic for the Uninsured in Dallas
Post date: August 30, 2012
Medical and Non-medical Volunteers Are Encouraged to Register Today    The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is calling on physicians and other health care professionals, as well as non-medical volunteers, to participate in the upcoming large free clinic for uninsured person...
NAFC Press Release
Large Free Medical Clinic Is Headed to Dallas in a State with Highest Uninsured Rate in Country - Volunteers Can Register Now and Donations Are Needed
Post date: August 01, 2012
The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) will hold the latest C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) Clinic for uninsured people in Dallas next month. The free clinic, held in conjunction with the Lone Star Association of Charitable Clinics (LSACC) and the North Texas A...
NAFC Press Release
Health Care Law Puts Free Clinics At A Crossroads
Post date: March 25, 2012
Free health clinics have long been places people turn to when they don't have health insurance or any money to pay for care. But the health law's expansion of coverage puts free clinics in uncharted territory.  While the law goes before the Supreme Court this week, health providers are already geari...
NPR
NAFC Announces New Name to Unite Free and Charitable Clinics Under One Umbrella
Post date: February 01, 2012
Organization is now the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics The National Association of Free Clinics has changed the name of the organization to better reflect its membership and to unite both Free and Charitable Clinics under one umbrella.  The new name, the National Association o...
NAFC Press Release
Free Webinar for NAFC Members on Sanford Brown Student Volunteers Friday Dec 16th
Post date: December 15, 2011
The NAFC is happy to announce that there will be a FREE Webinar held by our partner Sandford Brown this Friday December 16th at 3pm Eastern Time. This Webinar will help clinics understand how they can utilize Sandford Brown students in their clinics to service their patients. To get more information...
Free Webinar for NAFC Members - TODAY at 2PM EST
Post date: November 09, 2011
NAFC Members are invited to join representatives from AstraZeneca's AZ&Me Patient Assistance Program, AmeriCares, and Direct Relief International for a free interactive webinar discussion on Wednesday, November 9 from 2-3 PM EST.  The event will include brief presentations from each group on the...
Free Clinics Aren’t Just for the Unemployed - Letters to the Editor
Post date: November 01, 2011
As I read Dr. Mehmet Oz’s article “Enough Is Enough,” I was reminded of the work he has done with the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC) and the stories of uninsured patients that I, as executive director of NAFC, hear on a daily basis. Reading through some of the comments on Dr. Oz’s piec...
TIME
NOTICE TO NAFC MEMBERSHIP - FACE-TO-FACE MEETING OF NAFC MEMBERS With VOTES - OCTOBER 18, 2011
Post date: September 14, 2011
In compliance with the National Association of Free Clinics ByLaws this is an electronic notice of a face to face meeting of the organizations members on October 18, 2011 during the NAFC Annual Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina.   This meeting will have a discussion and a vote on a possible name c...
The National Association of Free Clinics Launches Times Square Ad to Spread the Word About Getting Involved
Post date: August 15, 2011
The National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC) has placed a digital advertisement in Times Square in an effort to spread the word about Free Clinics and how people can get involved. The ad will start running today, August 15th and will continue through September 30th on the CBS “Super Screen,” a 26...
NAFC Press Release
MSNBC's 'The Ed Show' to co-sponsor free health clinic in New Orleans
Post date: July 29, 2011
MSNBC anchor Ed Schultz is up-front about the dual purpose of the free health clinic “The Ed Show” and the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC) will sponsor on August 29 in New Orleans.  One, it’s about the patients. All participants in the NAFC clinic will receive preventive primary medical...
The Times-Picayune
Large Free Clinic Had Record Number of Volunteers but Success of the Event Is Bittersweet
Post date: May 11, 2011
Final numbers show that the massive one-day free medical clinic held at the Tacoma Dome featured the highest turnout of volunteers the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC) has ever had for a C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) Clinic. More than 1,400 physicians, dentists and other...
NAFC Press Release
Giving Back: How You And The Media Community Can Help Struggling Families
Post date: March 25, 2011
Today, as HuffPost and AOL unite to launch the Huffington Post Media Group, we're celebrating by making a statement about the importance of giving back and helping others. Led by HuffPost Impact -- The Huffington Post's section devoted to service, causes, and volunteering -- every HuffPost section i...
Huffington Post
Free clinic in Pa. provides reality check for overhaul opponents
Post date: January 23, 2011
The man in the dentist's chair wears a wool cap, a down vest, and gratitude on his sleeve. Markius Glover, a 35-year-old unemployed IT professional, has gone two years without health insurance, but just had his teeth cleaned for free by Community Volunteers in Medicine in West Goshen. Rarely does...
The Inquirer
2011 Summit Registration Now Open!
Post date: January 19, 2011
Registration for the NAFC 2011 Annual Summit is now open! The NAFC will be holding its sixth annual summit on October 17-19, 2011 at the Westin Chartlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC. Join members of the Free Clinic community at this exciting, educational, energizing and networking event. Register now an...
NAFC Is a Grant Finalist - Need Help By Voting and Spreading the Word!
Post date: January 19, 2011
The NAFC is a finalist in a Pepsi grant competition for a $250,000 grant to bring a C.A.R.E. Clinic to another U.S. State. This is a great opportunity to fund another clinic that will help increase the awareness of free clinics, provide free medical care to hundreds of uninsured people, and connect...
The Land Of The Care-Free
Post date: August 07, 2010
This week, a federal judge in Richmond refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the state of Virginia that challenges the new health-care law — handing the law's foes an early legal victory. Virginia's attorney general is hardly alone in opposing the new measure; 20 states are also contesting it. Virgi...
NPR
2,000 attend free health clinic at D.C. convention center
Post date: August 05, 2010
Back from the wilds of Virginia, where he hunts black bears with a bow and arrow and squirrels with a shotgun, John Hawkins was sitting in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, shaking in his work boots. The man who spent the past two decades in a log cabin was about to see a doctor the first...
The Washington Post
D.C.'s first free clinic draws hundreds
Post date: August 04, 2010
By late afternoon on Wednesday, more than 700 people had been treated at the first large-scale free clinic in the District, and the lines were only getting longer. "Some didn't think we'd get this kind of response in D.C., where only ten percent of the population lacks insurance," said Nicole Lamore...
The Washington Post
Uninsured Checked Out at Free Clinic
Post date: August 04, 2010
Uninsured D.C. residents head to the Convention Center for a free clinic.
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Free Medical Clinic for Uninsured People Draws Thousands
Post date: August 04, 2010
A massive free health clinic for uninsured people in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning attracted nearly two thousand people, from infants to the elderly, all taking advantage of free doctor attention, blood tests and cancer screenings they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. The C.A.R.E. (Comm...
Huffington Post
For People With No Health Insurance, One Day Of Free Care
Post date: February 02, 2010
The National Association of Free Clinics, which has been hosting clinics throughout the country since September, and hundreds of volunteers will set up at the Connecticut Convention Center from noon to 7 p.m. today. Organizers expect to draw about 1,000 patients. They came by the hundreds in New Or...
The Hartford Courant
The Houston Free Clinic
Post date: October 15, 2009
On a medical mission, The Dr. Oz Show hosted Houston's largest non-disaster relief free health clinic. Over 700 volunteers, 200 doctors and 300 nurses provided medical care to over 1,780 Americans...
The Dr. Oz Show
The Shame in Breaking Records - Dr. Oz explains why holding one of the largest free health care clinics should frustrate all Americans.
Post date: October 14, 2009
As I listened to 14-month-old Analeigha Rivera's tiny heart in the Reliant Center in Houston, I could hear the murmur interrupting her regular rhythm as blood swished through a hole between the main chambers of the heart. An echocardiogram confirmed the diagnosis, so I could show her mother Victoria...
The Dr Oz Show
Free clinics fill medical void
Post date: April 10, 2009
By his analysis, Edward Boyer should be dead.  Boyer, who lost his health insurance with his factory job last May, is an insulin-dependent diabetic who says he can't afford his medicine. He has a new job, working part-time in the kitchen of a chain-store restaurant, but can't afford insurance, he sa...
USA Today