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Free clinic brings health care to hundreds in Madison area

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MADISON (WKOW) -- People in the Madison area got a chance to see a doctor for free Saturday at an annual free medical clinic.

It was put on by the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) that serves uninsured and underinsured people across the country. The organization runs 1,200 nationwide. In Madison, it was held at the Alliant Energy Center.

The clinic offers basic preventative primary care including exams and testing, three months of free medication, health education, on-site insurance navigators and connection to follow up care.

"There are some people who do have an insurance card in their pocket but they can't afford those copays or their deductable or their medication costs and that's why these events are so important," says Nicole Lamoureux with NAFC. "We can help them understand what options there are for them, so we can help educate them so they continue on their path to a healthy life."

The organization expected between 500 to 1,000 patients Saturday. The event is made possible with the help of volunteers, 90 percent coming from Wisconsin.

 

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