On behalf of the patients, volunteers, and Board of Directors, I would like to thank you for your commitment and support of Open Arms Free Clinic (OAFC). Because you believed in our mission to provide health care to the underserved in Walworth County when this was just a vision in 2011-2012, with your support we have already been able to serve over 500 patients this year. The enclosed 2012 Annual Report illustrates our humble beginning as we near our 1st Birthday this December 6th, 2013.
In a short time, we have built a foundation to support a solid volunteer team and have connected with community resources to continue delivering primary care, lab diagnostic testing, and medications to people who do not have health insurance in Walworth County. We are now preparing for the changes in the healthcare system with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (i.e. ACA or “Obamacare”). Enrollment for the Marketplace begins in October and we are fortunate to have local experts within our network who understand the 2010 Federal ACA ruling and the details for the insurance programs. There are approximately 11,000 people in Walworth County who do not currently have health insurance and the OAFC volunteers and the committed stakeholders in our community are working together to mobilize, and provide information and access to resources to help these individuals and families apply for the Marketplace or Medicaid/BadgerCare.
There will still be those who fall through the cracks and Open Arms Free Clinic will be there to lift them up just as the Massachusetts Free Clinics sustained operations in 2006 and beyond. The OAFC eligibility criteria will still include Walworth County residency and we project another 500 or more qualified patients will be seen at our clinic in 2014.
The Open Arms Free Clinic, Inc. strives to better understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the uninsured, low income and under-served residents of Walworth County with compassion and understanding. We are preparing for growth and aim to add dental, vision, and behavioral health services to our organization in 2014. Even with Wisconsin’s BadgerCare or the Federal Marketplace qualified health insurance plans, people will not have access to dental or vision care in Walworth County and we count on your continued support to achieve our mission to serve this need.
We are grateful for your partnership and look forward to nurturing our relationship. If you would like to learn more about the Affordable Care Act or questions about Open Arms Free Clinic, please don’t hesitate to call or email me directly at (262) 379-1401 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Frequently Asked Questions posted on our website at www.openarmsfreeclinic.org.
Sara Nichols, MPH; Clinic Manager