As displaced residents struggle to rebuild their lives and homes, many are facing heightened financial burdens in post-Harvey Houston. Some locals are struggling to afford even basic healthcare.
San José Clinic, a 95-year-old institution that offers affordable healthcare for insured and uninsured patients, is seeking donations from the public to help those affected by Harvey.
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The institution generally offers medical, dental and pharmaceutical assistance to low-income families. Under ordinary circumstances, they require prospective patients to have have a valid form of identification, proof of address and earn less than, or equal to, 250 percent of the federal poverty level.
However, given the difficult circumstances resulting from Harvey, they are currently waiving those eligibility requirements and “seeing anyone in need of care.”
“We have also waived the patient contributions to remove this cost for the time being,” a spokeswoman said.
The Midtown clinic was among the first places to reopen following the devastating flood. It began operating as early as Aug. 31, with the intention of helping those in desperate need of medications and medical services.
“Generosity and compassion are key elements of the San José Clinic mission,” Paule Anne Lewis, president and CEO, said in a prepared statement. “It was second-nature for us to open our doors even wider and waive patient fees as we come together to pull through after this trying time. San José Clinic is now here for anyone in our community that finds themselves in a precarious situation and in need of medical, dental, or pharmaceutical care.”
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“Thousands are now struggling to avoid economic instability after going unpaid for time spent waiting out or recovering from Harvey, including our patients,” Lewis explained. “So, even before floodwaters began to recede, San José Clinic was connecting with local authorities and many aid groups to provide the utmost possible support for those who depend on us as well as the wider community.”
The clinic is also welcoming both corporate donations of medical, dental, and pharmaceutical supplies, as well as bilingual healthcare providers.
For more information or to make a donation, head to: sanjoseclinic.org/harveyrelief