Area safety net clinics receive state funding


Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 7:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 7:54 p.m.

Three safety net health clinics serving low-income rural residents in Alachua County received funding in this year’s state budget.

The Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs (ACORN ) Clinic, the University of Florida College of Nursing’s Archer Family Health Care practice and the UF College of Medicine’s Mobile Outreach Clinic, which serves both the urban and rural areas, were the local funding recipients.

The Sulzbacher Center’s dental clinic in Jacksonville also received money.

All of the clinics are either run by UF or work in conjunction with UF.

Combined, the clinics will receive $750,000 from the state in the 2014-15 budget year.

In a news release, UF Health officials said that the four clinics provide either free health care or substantially reduced fees to assist patients who do not meet the eligibility criteria for Medicaid or Affordable Care Act subsidies. Many previously received access to health care through Alachua County’s CHOICES program, according to UF Health. CHOICES expired at the end of 2013.

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