CARING FOR THE UNINSURED Data from a new study measuring economic opportunity in Co !! in County shows that more peop ! e wi !! be without insurance as a resu ! t of the pandemic. A new McKinney hea ! th center wi !! soon be ab ! e to serve these peop ! e.
meet this need. When it opens in late 2020 or early 2021, it will provide even more services than it currently does in its temporary location on Medical Center Drive. McKinney City Manager Paul Grimes called the new health center “a transformative project.” “That is a great way to provide health care security to our residents who maybe don’t have great insur- ance or are worried about their insur- ance,” Grimes said. “That is truly a community health center.” There are two other local nonpro ! t health centers in addition to the Fam- ily Health Center. The Hope Clinic of McKinney and the Community Health Clinic in McKinney both provide health care exclusively to residents without insurance in McKinney and Collin County. “They are unsung heroes,” Grimes said. “They don’t turn anybody away.” Rising uninsured rates Going into the pandemic, Collin County’s uninsured rate was 11%. This means that roughly 100,000 residents in Collin County’s total population were already uninsured, data shows. In addition, weekly unemployment claims in Collin County from March
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facility near downtown McKinney to provide primary care services in underserved areas and to patients who are uninsured and underinsured. In October, the nonpro ! t Commu- nities Foundation of Texas released the results of a study conducted by public policy nonpro ! t Every Texan. It outlines Collin County’s economic status and includes a two-page addendum that gauges the e " ects of the COVID-19 pandemic on county residents, including health insurance coverage. Going into the pandemic, most peo- ple in Collin County with health insur- ance received coverage through their employers, the study shows. But with the rise in unemployment observed this spring, more people are going to be left without insurance, said Ann Beeson, who stepped down as CEO of Every Texan shortly after the report was released. People without insurance are hes- itant to seek medical care, including preventive care and treatment for chronic conditions, which can lead to emergency visits, the study shows. McKinney’s new Family Health Center at Virginia Parkway can help
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A LOWER Data from 2018 shows Collin County as a whole has a lower uninsured rate than the state of Texas and Dallas County, but McKinney’s uninsured rate is the second- highest among large cities in the county. UNINSURED RATE
the study said. Since the onset of the pandemic, the Community Health Clinic in McK- inney has experienced an increase in the number of patients it serves, Exec- utive Director Jackie Rakowski said. “We have seen a huge surge of patients who were unemployed, so theywere only getting unemployment income … and lost their insurance and still [needed] their medication,” Rakowski said. “We’ve had plenty of patients in that lobby crying because
through Oct. 17 totaled 99,934. The highest single point came the week of April 4, when the number of claims was 11,808, This was eight times higher than the number of claims ! led for the sameweek in 2019, data shows. “If 100,000 claimants who ! led for unemployment since March lost their health insurance along with their jobs (versus switching to a spouse’s plan), this will mean that Collin County’s uninsured population will have dou- bled since 2018 in just six months,”
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