G-M Care Clinic expands eligibility criteria

Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Feb 20, 2019 - 02:09 PM

The Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic is now able to see more patients, as it recently expanded its eligibility criteria. According to Arlene Armentor, the clinic’s executive director, the maximum household income it allows its patients to have has increased from 250 percent of the federal poverty level to 300 percent.

“This is huge,” Armentor said. “It’s going to enable more folks who cannot afford health insurance to be treated at the clinic.”

According to Armentor, with the recent Medicaid expansion in the commonwealth providing health insurance for those in the zero to 138 percent range, there are still a number of people left in the 139 to 300 percent range that were going unserved. “Some working people make too much for Medicaid, but can’t afford health insurance,” she said.

Based on some tools the clinic uses to measure need in the community, Armentor said she estimates that there are close to 1,000 people between Gloucester and Mathews that fall into that 139 to 300 percent range and are not being served. “We want to reach out to them and let them know we’re here,” she said.

Therefore, Armentor said the clinic is beginning some outreach programs and partnering with local churches and employers of those who do not receive health insurance to get the word out that the clinic is available to serve them. “We’re trying to cover all of our bases to inform the community,” she added.