Kentucky State Health Official Applauds Anderson County Primary Care Clinic

December 10, 2014|4:20 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Kentucky's Anderson County Health Department has opened a primary care clinic that will bring providers to an underserved community where many patients rely on Medicaid for their healthcare benefits. The health department-run clinic is the first of its kind in the state.

In July, Anderson Primary Care, one of the area's only clinics accepting Medicaid patients, closed due to financial issues connected to reduced Medicaid reimbursement rates. The clinic's 10,000 patients, many of whom have Medicaid, were left without primary care providers in their community.

Anderson County Health Department stepped in to ensure continued access to care for the affected patients. Its new facility, Family Care Clinic, opened in November and offers a wide range of primary care services, including preventive care. Because of the clinic's connection to the county health department, leaders plan to integrate public health services with the clinic's activities.

At Family Care Clinic's ribbon-cutting ceremony, Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Stephanie Mayfield spoke about the facility's potential to benefit the community, noting that the clinic is "a model that we want to showcase." She hopes that the facility will be an example for other states who have expanded Medicaid coverage and have resulting provider shortages.

For more information about this initiative, please see this article from The Anderson News.