Uninsured In Coal Country: Desperate Americans Still Turn To Volunteer Clinics

Last Modified: Mon Nov 07 2016 19:11:06 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 15%
    of adults in Grundy, rural Virginia, are uninsured; one in five live in poverty; and the unemployment rate is more than double the state average.
  • 17%
    drop in the percentage of uninsured poor adults after Kentucky expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in one year (dropped from 40% to 23%). But in Virginia, which hasn’t expanded Medicaid, many low income adults are still left to rely on charity care, and Remote Area Medical, one such charity care, is the most visible and dramatic.
  • $1 million
    in health care services were to be delivered over the weekend (5th, 6th Nov). Nearly 1,000 teeth were to be pulled and some 400 pairs of eyeglasses made. For many in Grundy, this is the only recourse to basic health care services.