The Issue: Millions of People Live Without Health Care
According to data from the Census Bureau, one in six people live in the United States without adequate health care coverage, marking the lowest percentage of people without insurance since 1987. When uninsured individuals need medical care, they are often forced to visit the emergency room unnecessarily or forgo health care entirely until their conditions worsen. Although recent health-care legislation implements national coverage, it does not fully go into effect until 2014, leaving 50 million people without comprehensive health coverage.
The Campaign: Fund Dental and Health Care for One Person
If this Grassroots campaign raises $360, then Community Health Clinic of Butler County can provide a year of primary health and dental care for one uninsured individual. Each additional $360 raised will provide a year of health and dental care for another person. At the clinic, neighbors receive a full medical history and examination with a volunteer doctor before undergoing treatment for chronic and acute conditions. Medical professionals can complete basic care onsite and prescribe most medications.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Community Health Clinic of Butler County
Community Health Clinic of Butler County provides dental and health care to uninsured Butler County residents with chronic and acute conditions such as diabetes, lung disorders, and asthma. The clinic can also refer them to specialty services and provide certain medications at no cost. A total of 52 medical professionals volunteer their time in the clinic, including 10 dentists and two oral surgeons. In order to be eligible, clients must qualify for other government services and have incomes less than 200% of the poverty level. Then, they receive a full physical examination and are directed to dental and specialty services. A variety of basic medical treatments can be provided onsite, including nutrition counseling, EKGs, immunizations, and teeth cleanings and extractions.