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Free & Charitable Clinic Statement on 2017-18 Budget

Friday, June 2, 2017  
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Free & Charitable Clinic Statement on 2017-18 Budget

Tallahassee, Fla. — The Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (FAFCC) today released the following statement regarding Governor Rick Scott's signing of the 2017-2018 "Fighting for Florida's Future" budget, which includes a $9.5 million appropriation to fund free and charitable clinics.

"Thanks to Governor Scott, Speaker Corcoran, President Negron, and the Florida Legislature, our free and charitable clinics will continue to be the backbone of accessible care for Florida's uninsured," said State Rep. Nicholas Duran, Executive Director of the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. "Our clinics help low-income Floridians live healthier lives, while reducing our state's healthcare costs — a win for everyone."

FAFCC's member clinics last year served more than 130,000 low-income, uninsured patients in 57 counties through 345,127 clinical visits, including doctor visits, dental and vision care, and specialty services such as CAT scans, surgeries, and cancer services. 
 
FAFCC provided approximately $160 million in medical services with a $4.5 million appropriation in 2014. In 2015, $9.5 million was allocated, but later vetoed by Governor Scott. FAFCC received $10 million in 2016.

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