To increase the availability of healthcare for the uninsured in Coconino County by providing free medical care to eligible uninsured individuals and families within Coconino County with incomes at or below 200% of the poverty level.
Our staff is made up entirely of dedicated, volunteers who give from the heart. We have NO paid staff.
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Why we started the Poore Medical Clinic
Flagstaff Medical Center and North Country Health Care do an excellent job of providing medical services to those they service. We want to provide professional health care to those that are still on the outside needing service. Our goal is to not compete but to supplement the quality services already being provided in Coconino County.
• 34% of community surveyed indicated they had no health care
• Estimated 2,000 people experienced homelessness in Coconino County
• From 2002 to 2003, the average monthly percentage of youth with moderate mental health issues in need of service in detention centers was 57%
• 17% of Flagstaff residents live below the poverty line
• Median family income in Flagstaff is $50,000
• Although North Country Health Care provides service for most, many cannot pay the co-pays or are undocumented
• 269,000 children in Arizona are without health insurance
• In 2009, families represented the fastest growing segment of homeless people in the US
• In Arizona, 17% of homeless adults have a serious mental illness
• 1/4 of all the children in Arizona live in poverty
• 1/5 of Arizonans live in poverty
• 1/7of elderly Arizonans live in poverty
• Average income for family of four is $21,954
• Kids Care and AHCCCS enrollment freezes have left hundreds of thousands newly uninsured
Children’s Healthcare in Coconino County
There are approximately 45,000 children under the age of 18 in our county. According to a study by Coconino Regional First Things First in 2010:
• In 2000 nearly 16% of all children under the age of 17 had no health insurance.
• Less than 40% are covered by job based health Insurance.
• In 2010 over 50% were covered by AHCCCS. But with current cutbacks and enrollment freezes no one knows what that number is now.
• Over 75% of parents responded that their children needed medical care last year.
• 1/3 of the parents responded that their children sometimes or never get that care.
• Over 60% responded that the reason they didn’t get the care was lack of insurance or an inability to pay the co-pay.
Conclusions: Current budget cuts and enrollment freezes to AHCCCS and KidsCare which covered nearly 33,000 of our county’s children in 2010 will only exacerbate the problem. When we extrapolate these numbers we estimate there are 5,000 to 7,000 children who are not receiving the medical care they need annually in Coconino County.