The Affordable Care Act is supposed to provide insurance and a consistent doctor for many patients who currently rely on the roughly 1,200 free clinics around the country. But even after the federal law is operating in full force, there may be as many as 26 million people who will still need free care (PDF). The lesson from Massachusetts, where a health coverage law has been in effect for five-and-a-half years, is, plan to stay open.
“There’s still a huge need for programs like ours,” says MetroWest director Kim Prendergast. “There’s a lot of people still losing jobs and losing insurance and it’s a confusing process. We also see that health insurance doesn’t mean that you have access to care and there’s a big shortage of primary care doctors in Massachusetts and that’s true around the country.”
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