McKinney November 2020

LOCAL CLINICS

This chart shows the percentage of Collin County residents covered by di " erent types of insurance. The new federally quali # ed health center will be able to serve the people with public health insurance or no health insurance, no matter where they live.

operates under a government board. The new location will be more than triple the size of the current building, which is approximately 6,800 square feet, and will have double the number of providers, Lengel said. “I am so incredibly thankful we had a presence in McKinney, and that the new ... clinic’s opening is imminent,” said Allen Patterson, the health cen- ter’s CEO, in an email. “The former has been a game changer for the com- munity, and the latter will soon dra- matically improve upon that success.” Importance of treatment Lengel pointed out, as did Rakow- ski and Willmarth, that many patients have chronic health issues, such as diabetes, hypertension and high cho- lesterol. It is important for people to continue receiving medications for these ailments regardless of whether they have insurance, Lengel said. “Without those ongoing medica- tions, it a " ects everything,” Rakowski said. “It a " ects their mental health; it a " ects them being able to continue to work if they’re not feeling well.” These clinics and the Family Health Center at Virginia Parkway are work- ing to help educate patients on the importance of being seen regularly by a physician, Lengel said. This e " ort includes connecting patients to critical resources, such as Community Lifeline Center, to help with food access and rental assistance. “Especially during this time where families are experiencing job loss and having housing issues—that’s been an important component of, just, all- around holistic care for our patients,” she said. Additional reporting by Liesbeth Powers

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PUBLIC HEALTH INSURANCE:

2B

0.9%

VA health care coverage Medicaid/means-tested public coverage Medicare coverage

LAMAR ST.

6.3%

VIRGINA ST.

10.5%

75

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PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE:

MEDICAL CENTER DR.

1.4%

Tricare/military health insurance

2A 1

Direct-purchase health insurance

12.2%

Employer-based health insurance

69.1%

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SOURCES: COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION OF TEXAS, EVERY TEXAN ! COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER DISCLAIMER: COVERAGE COULD BE PROVIDED ALONE OR IN COMBINATION WITH OTHER INSURANCE.

1 Community Health Clinic 4510 Medical Center Drive, Ste. 214, McKinney 972 ! 547 ! 0606 www.chc-mckinney.com A nonpro " t, free health clinic for uninsured, low-income families in Collin County who qualify. Services: primary care, diabetic care, asthma, allergies, women’s health, pediatric care, school physicals, prescription assistance, health and nutritional classes, physical therapy 2 Family Health Center at Virginia Parkway A Temporary location: 4510 Medical Center Drive, Ste. 201, McKinney 214 ! 618 ! 5600 B Upcoming location: 1620 Virginia St., McKinney www. " cntx.org A medical center that provides primary care, dentistry and counseling in place; o ! ers a sliding fee discount based on family size and income, regardless of insurance status. Services: pediatrics, family medicine, behav- ioral health counseling, OB/GYN, dental ser- vices, health education, community outreach 3 The Hope Clinic of McKinney 103 E. Lamar St., McKinney 469 ! 712 ! 4246 www.hopeclinicmckinney.org A nonpro # t, free health clinic serving McKin- ney’s unemployed, uninsured and low-income residents. Services: primary care, cardiology, optometry, asthma, allergies, physical therapy, pulmon- ology, women’s health, occupational therapy, neurology, pediatrics, counseling, prescription assistance

Anewcenter for health care Family Health Center at Virginia Parkway will provide services ! ve days a week, including primary care, dental care, OB/GYN services and referrals for basic need ful ! llment, which can include rental assistance and food pantry connections. Willmarth said the federally quali- ! ed clinic is opening its new building at a good time. “We’re going to see a greater increase not only because COVID is going to continue into next year, but with the growth of McKinney, there will be an increase in patients,” Willmarth said. Valerie Lengel, marketing consul- tant for Family Health Center, said the clinic will especially help patients on the east side of McKinney. “The goal was to be able to provide increased access to health care for all residents of McKinney, but speci ! - cally to our east side residents, who, basically, are a " ected more by health disparities,” she said. Family Health Center at Virginia Parkway is a federally quali ! ed health center, which means that it receives funds from the government to provide primary care services in underserved areas. Costs associated with care are on a sliding fee scale, and the clinic

they never thought they’d be in this situation—to need a charity clinic.” The Hope Clinic in McKinney saw an increased number of patients over the summer as well, which Executive Director Melissa Willmarth attributed to people losing jobs or bene ! ts that they had in the past. “Lower-income workers have been the most a " ected by COVID because theirs are the jobs that are at higher risk,” she said. “It’s de ! nitely that impact of still not getting as much consistent work and therefore strug- gling even more to pay for care.” There are also more people now who do have insurance but cannot a " ord to use it, due to high deduct- ibles or out-of-pocket costs, former Cigna Healthcare President LaMonte Thomas said. Collaboration between nonpro ! ts, hospital systems and other stakehold- ers in the community is the ! rst step in bridging those gaps, Thomas said. “A lot of the cost of uncompensated care that is given to people with no insurance when they go into an emer- gency room, ... employers are going to have to bear that cost,” he said. “Unless we do something at the pol- icy level, we will fall into a gap that is impossible to get out of.”

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