30 May Will ACA Eliminate Need for Free Clinic?
For nearly 25 years, the Brandon Outreach Clinic has provided free health care to people who can’t get care any other way. The Affordable Care Act is supposed to change that.
Starting Jan. 1, the federal Affordable Care Act will require most people to buy health insurance or face a tax penalty. Large employers will have to provide coverage to their employees who work at least 30 hours a week, at a price the worker can afford. Those who are self-employed or work for small businesses will have to seek coverage through the federal online marketplace, which will provide subsidies to those with incomes as low as the federal poverty level.
“We take care of the in-betweeners,” said Suzy Watts, the medical coordinator at the clinic. “People who just work hard but don’t work at a fancy job with fancy benefits.”