The Medical Care Mission offers primary care to the less fortunate in the community. How will the Affordable Care Act affect their operation?
For 30 years, the Presbyterian Medical Care Mission has offered access to primary care to low-income, uninsured residents of the Big Country.
Executive Director Debra Burchett credits the mission's success to its staff and volunteers.
"They are dedicated, they are loyal, they help us," Burchett said. "It's a community effort. Without both those groups, our employees and our volunteers, we would not be where we are today."
Jane Ayers has volunteered her time at the Medical Care Mission for almost a decade.
"I love it," Ayers said. "They do a wonderful thing...and it's just been a real pleasure. The people are great to work with and I can't repeat enough what good work they do," she said.
In spite of the Affordable Care Act, which was created to assure that all Americans have access to affordable health insurance, Burchett said the clinic continues to stay busy.
"To date, we have not seen a decrease in our patients," Burchett said. "We will always have people who do not have insurance or who cannot afford the insurance and the medical costs associated with it. As long as there are people uninsured, we will serve those," she said.
The Medical Care Mission is a non-profit that depends on public support.
The clinic sees about 10,000 patients a year.
Here are the facts on how new patients can receive care at the Medical Care Mission.
You'll need to bring your proof of income.
New patients will need to be screened first.
To get that screening, you can call the Medical Care Mission to set up an appointment or you can just show up on Mondays at 8 a.m.
Contact the Medical Care Mission at 325-676-3104.
They are located at 1857 Pine Street.