Health Care Reform Impact on Free Clinics

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Much of the health care community is trying to figure out the impact health care reform will have on their organizations and also the community.

Staff at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic say the Virginia Association of Free Clinics is going to spend the next week sorting through the recently passed health care bill and seeing what effects it will have on free clinics.

While those clinics currently serve the uninsured, this bill may cause them to reconsider the role of free clinics.

"Where in a continuum of health care there are gaps in service, where a community members cannot get what is needed, it makes sense that that's where a free clinic will step in in the future," says Keith Gnagey, executive director of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic.

Gnagey says in the short-term, nothing has changed and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic will continue to provide the same services to the community.