A Critical Safety Net for People Left Out of the Health Care System

St. Mary’s Health Clinics (SMHC) provide a critical safety net for the unmet and increasing health care needs of the uninsured working poor in Minnesota through their neighborhood-based clinics. St. Mary’s Health Clinics directly improve health in uninsured individuals by providing free primary health care as well as medically necessary outpatient, inpatient, specialist services and prescription medications to patients.

While the Affordable Care Act of 2010 has greatly decreased the number of uninsured people in our community, one in twenty Minnesotans, or about 212,000, still lack medical insurance that would allow them to access basic health services and preventative care. The Affordable Care Act will still leave many uninsured individuals. All populations will continue to have some people who lack coverage.

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