Lorain County Health & Dentistry will add two Elyria locations to its network for medical care for the uninsured and the underinsured. The two Elyria facilities will have the equivalent of 21 full-time staff, including four full-time doctors and one nurse-practitioner.
The center expects to receive $650,000 a year through federal New Access Point grant funds to offset some of the uncompensated care that will be provided at the new locations.
Lorain County Health & Dentistry is looking for a location around EMH Medical Center in Elyria, while a smaller site with about 1,500 square feet will be at Wilkes Villa, a Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority complex on the city’s south side.
Health & Dentistry is a private, non-profit, federally qualified health center with a mission to provide primary and preventive health care to all, including vulnerable populations. It hopes to have its first Elyria site open by late October or early November, followed by the second site by the end of the year.
Health & Dentistry offers a sliding fee scale for qualifying uninsured patients. The nominal fee for a medical visit for an uninsured patient whose total household income is at or below the federal poverty level will be $20 at the Elyria sites, the same as it is in Lorain. The nominal fee for an uninsured dental visit under the same circumstance is $25, but at this time, dental services will only be offered in Lorain.
While the two Elyria sites will provide services to all residents of Lorain County, Health & Dentistry will specifically seek to serve low-income, uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid/Medicare populations and those living in Elyria public housing communities.