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Regional Clinic’s Financial Health Portends Adverse Impact of Federal Cutbacks on Well-Being of Children Raised in Poverty

October 10, 2020

Our local newspaper reports that Mascoma Community Health Center in Canaan, NH, a regional Health Clinic serving uninsured and underinsured families, is in peril unless more federal funds are made available to them. Why?

The Mascoma clinic fell about $50,000 behind on its bills during the months of August and September, (finance director Mike Samson) said, predicting that expenses will continue to exceed revenues by about $20,000 per month until a vaccine allows clinic staff to reduce the time they spend disinfecting and increase the time they spend seeing patients.

In total, the Mascoma clinic is seeking $220,000 to help from now through September 2021, (finance director) Samson said.

When the POTUS refuses to provide funds to the States on the premise that they should fend for themselves he is indirectly and directly contributing to the health problems that citizens are experiencing as a result of the economic challenges associated with the pandemic. This link is clear in this case: if the Mascoma Clinic doesn’t get the funds it needs to stay open scores of needy families will lose access to needed health care. When those same families cannot afford food, social services, and access to schools because of a combination of pandemic closures and cuts at the state and local level they face even more daunting challenges. MAYBE some of the citizens who rely on regional health centers will connect the dots and call their GOP Senators to pass some kind of bill that affords relief to states who are finding themselves strapped for funds… but until those dots are connected it is the poorest children who will suffer the most.

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