Tri City Health Partnership celebrates free & charitable clinics month
Aug 20, 2018 01:13PM
● By Tim
Geneva mayor Kevin Burns, Batavia mayor Jeff Schielke, Tri City Health Partnership executive directory Kim Lamansky, St. Charles Mayor Raymond Rogina, and St. Charles Chamber president Jim DiCiaula. Photo by Bailey Bingham
90 community members attended, including Mayors Raymond Rogina from St.
Charles, Kevin Burns from Geneva and Jeff Schielke from Batavia. All three
mayors signed a proclamation recognizing August 2018, as Free and Charitable
In tours of the clinic attendees learned about the essential free health care services provided to low-income, uninsured residents of Central Kane County. Over 100 volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists, hygienists and other medical and dental professionals provide approximately 2,000 on-site visits yearly for patients with acute and chronic needs. Treatment for diabetes, hypertension, asthma, COPD as well as pain, dental issues, bronchitis, medication refills and more are all provided at no cost.
“While the Affordable Care Act has helped thousands of residents of the Tri Cities obtain health insurance, gaps still remain,” said, Kim Lamansky, Executive Director of Tri City Health Partnership. “Uninsured, low-income residents are more vulnerable to poor health outcomes because they lack access to quality healthcare. We are blessed to have a strong support group in the community and this event is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the work the clinic is doing to address those gaps.”
TCHP fills a critical need for health services in the Tri Cities, particularly for hard-working adults, struggling to make ends meet. TCHP understands that one of the largest groups of people needing help are those who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough money to live on. Because of this, TCHP extends the income eligibility to 250% above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). For example, the FPL for a family of 3 is $20,780, but TCHP accepts income levels to $51,950. TCHP never charges any fees to patients, nor receives any Federal or State aid, but relies on grants, donations, sponsorships and fundraisers.
An estimated 1,120,000 Illinois residents are ineligible for insurance under the ACA and do not have a primary care doctor. Illinois free and charitable clinics provide more than 162,000 visits to 100,000 patients annually, with volunteer physicians, nurses and other health care professionals giving more than 150,000 hours of services each year to those who have fallen through the cracks of our health care system in Illinois.
About Tri City Health Partnership
TCHP is a 501(c)3 organization, established in 2001. Since opening its doors, over 30,000 visits have taken place at the clinic, located at 318 Walnut Street in St. Charles. 630-377-9277, www.tchpfreeclinic.org.