As Vermont families struggle to make ends meet, health care often is neglected due to inadequate health insurance or no insurance at all. In response to this health care crisis, the Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU) recently donated $10,000 to the Vermont Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured to give more Vermonters access to quality health care.
“The coalition of clinics are a vital resource in Vermont’s health care system by providing medical and dental services to over 5,000 Vermonters who cannot afford adequate health insurance,” said Judy Rosenstreich, member of VSECU’s Board of Directors and chair of its Charitable Contributions Committee. “We are proud to support an effort that helps so many Vermonters obtain quality health care, regardless of their ability to pay.”
The Vermont Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured is an association of 10 free clinic programs and two dental programs which provides free care and assistance to Vermonters without adequate medical and dental insurance. The clinics are located throughout the state and are supported by the tremendous work of volunteers, community hospitals, local fund-raising and an annual grant from the state of Vermont.
“The continuing generosity of VSECU and its members is invaluable to the clinics and the Vermonters we serve,” said Lynn Raymond-Empey, the coalition’s executive director. “In the first quarter of this fiscal year we have experienced a 34 percent increase in the number of patients we served over this same period three years ago. Unfortunately, our main funding sources have not increased since that time. The donations of organizations like the VSECU, have allowed us to continue assisting uninsured/underinsured Vermonters with accessing health care when they are in need, and helping them enroll in the Green Mountain Care programs, become insured and find a permanent primary care home.”
The coalition ’s 10 clinics include the following: Bennington Free Clinic, Bennington; The Health Assistance Program at Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington; Good Neighbor Health Clinic / Red Logan Dental Clinic, White River Junction; Health Breaks & Health Connections at Gifford Medical Center, Randolph; The Open Door Clinic, Middlebury and Vergennes; People’s Health and Wellness Clinic, Barre; Putney Walk-In Clinic, Putney; Rutland Free Clinic—Medical and Dental Clinics, Rutland; Valley Health Connections, Springfield; and Windsor Community Clinic, Windsor. For more details, visit www.vccu.net or call (802) 289-2454.
The Vermont State Employees Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative, which offers a full range of affordable financial products and services to its member-owners. People eligible to join the credit union include anyone who lives or works in Addison, Caledonia, Chittenden, Lamoille, Orange, Rutland and Washington counties, along with Vermont’s state employees and their families. For more information about VSECU, call 802/800 371-5162 or visit www.vsecu.com: