Arkansas Free Clinic Closing, Citing More Insured Through Obamacare

Jon Elswick/AP

A medical clinic in Mena, Ark. announced that it would be closing, citing a large drop in need for the clinic as people have signed up for health insurance under Obamacare.

“Because people are qualifying for insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, our free medical clinic will not be needed anymore,” Stacey Bowser, the director of the 9th Street Ministries Clinic, told the Mena Star.

“We’ve gone from seeing around 300 people a month on a regular basis, but as people were enrolling in Obamacare, the numbers we were seeing have dropped. We were down to 80 people that came through the medical clinic in February, all the way down to three people at the medical clinic in March. Our services won’t be needed anymore, and this will conclude our mission,” she continued.

Bowser said that because the clinic was established to provide care to those without insurance, there are far fewer people who qualify for the missions’s services, linking the drop in visitors to the health care law.

“This complete dropoff of numbers of people coming to the clinic is a result of all those who have successfully enrolled in an insurance policy now,” she said.

The Obama administration announced on Thursday that enrollment under the health care law had hit 7.5 million people.

[H/t Daily Kos]

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