Free Clinic gets $75K grant from Blue Cross

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence-based clinic that provides free medical care to those without health insurance has received a $75,000 grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

The grant will help support the Rhode Island Free Clinic's mission of providing a "patient-centered medical home" for low-income, uninsured adults.

The clinic's new open enrollment policy is designed to increase access to health care for those who can't afford it. Prospective patients can call to set up an appointment to determine if they are eligible. Patients must show that they live in Rhode Island, are at least 19 and meet certain income criteria.

The Free Clinic serves some 2,000 uninsured patients. The facility provides primary and specialty care, diagnostics, prescriptions and preventive services.

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