A Special Message from the Executive Director

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is an election year, and the health care debate is appropriately one of the major issues. As the Executive Director of the People’s Health & Wellness Clinic in Barre, I can tell you that we see uninsured and underinsured people every day.  While the political debate, policy discussions, and technical challenges continue, people are sick today.

This is why our Clinic exists, and has served people for more than 20 years. If you don’t have insurance, have a high deductible, or your insurance doesn’t cover the services you need, and your household income is less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level ($35,010 gross/yr for an individual; $59,370 for a family of 3), we can help you.

Over a hundred doctors, nurses, mental health practitioners, dieticians and nutritionists, and body workers volunteer their time to take care of you. We offer sample medications, prescriptions, assistance in paying, access to lab work and other diagnostic testing, and have certified staff to help you sign up for Medicaid and other health insurance.

While the legislature will debate single payer and other changes, there is much still to be decided: what’s in the benefit plan? how is it paid for? how much out of pocket expense will there continue to be? and much more. A request for a federal waiver won’t come until 2017 at the earliest; implementation a year or more after that.

So, for the foreseeable future, the People’s Health & Wellness Clinic must and will continue to be here for you and all our central Vermont neighbors who can’t afford access to necessary health care today.

The vast majority of our patients are part time workers, whose employers don’t offer insurance for them, and they can’t afford the plans that are out there.  While the debate rages on, people are sick today, and need our help now.

Want to know more? Want to donate or volunteer? Check out the donation and volunteering pages on our website. Need care? Call 479-1229 for an appointment (we are not a walk-in clinic). Thank you.

Peter Youngbaer

 

20TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER A BIG SUCCESS!

20th-anniversary-crowdOver 125 people turned out at Barre’s Canadian Club on Friday, August 15, to help celebrate our 20th Anniversary.

Rusty Dewees, Master of Ceremonies, did a masterful job keeping the evening flowing and injecting bits of comedy throughout.

Kitty Langlois, one of the founders, spoke about the challenges of trying to access affordable health care and then working to open the Clinic.

Dr. Mark Yorra, founder and Medical Director for our entire history spoke of the Clinic through the years, and added a bit of love and humor with an a capella rendition of “The People’s Moan and Groan Emporium” to the tune of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Volunteers, board, and staff members were all recognized, and several of the founders were in attendance and posed to recreate a photo from 20 years ago.

Patricia Meriam and Gary Eckhart donated beautiful pieces of art for the raffle, joined by wonderful prizes from Jail Branch Greenhouse, Gaze an Graze Farm, and Burton Snowboards.

Thank you to all who attended and helped make this a wonderful celebration!

Left to right:  PHWC Executive Director Peter Youngbaer, Master of  Ceremonies Rusty Dewees, Central Vermont Medical Center Board President  Greg Voorheis, and Medical Director Dr. Mark Yorra Left to right: PHWC Executive Director Peter Youngbaer, Master of
Ceremonies Rusty Dewees, Central Vermont Medical Center Board President
Greg Voorheis, and Medical Director Dr. Mark Yorra

 

Some of the original founders, left to right Dr. Susan LaBarthe,  Kitty Langlois, Dr. Mark Yorra, and holistic practitioner Faeterri Silver

Some of the original founders, left to right Dr. Susan LaBarthe, Kitty Langlois, Dr. Mark Yorra, and holistic practitioner Faeterri Silver

 

For 20 years, the People’s Health & Wellness Clinic has provided primary health care and wellness education for uninsured and underinsured central Vermont residents who cannot otherwise afford these services.  All of Washington County, plus Orange, Washington, and Williamstown in Orange County is our primary service area, but we saw patients from 49 Vermont towns in 2013, and there is no geographic limitation to using our services.

We are a free clinic.  We charge nothing for our services, but ask for donations.  A small paid staff supports over 100 volunteers who give freely of their services.  Doctors, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, Mental Health providers, body workers, and other specialist and complementary practitioners offer a wide array of treatment options.  Our new oral health program provide dental hygiene consultation and a small network of volunteer dentists is available for referrals.

Coming Soon!  On site dental hygiene services!

While many people are taking advantage of the new health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, not everyone is eligible; not everyone can afford it; and not everything is covered.  That’s why we’re here.  Call us if you need us; donate or volunteer, if you’d like to help.

By Appointment Only – Call 802-479-1229 -

 

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The People’s Health & Wellness Clinic mission is to provide primary health care and wellness education to the uninsured and underinsured community members of Central Vermont who cannot otherwise afford these services.