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ECHO - Empowering Community Healthcare Outreach
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Every person in America deserves access to quality, compassionate, primary healthcare.
Every person in America deserves access to quality, compassionate, primary healthcare.

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 The Kearney Hub reported on the HelpCare Clinic receiving their first grant! A great story and we appreciate begin mentioned in the article and for the opportunity to work together with Buffalo County Community Partners to get this clinic opened and serving the community.
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The need for free and charitable clinics is still strong. There are 14.9% of residents in Collin County, 15.7% in Denton County, 12.6% in Rockwall County and 20.7% in Tarrant County who are without health insurance. And nationally, Dallas-Fort Worth ranks near the bottom in medical insurance coverage.

Please consider giving to ECHO today so we can continue developing clinics in these North Texas communities. Donate here: http://tinyurl.com/mxrbpzj #NTXGivingDay
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According to the Obama administration, as many as 115,000 people could lose the new insurance they obtained under the #ACA because they did not prove they were legal immigrants or U.S. citizens who were eligible for that coverage. Another 363,000 people must submit documentation to verify their incomes by Sept. 30 or lose their subsidies. These two numbers combined represent about 10% of the people who signed up through the online insurance marketplaces.
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This is why we love doing what we do!

JoElla is a Nurse Practitioner at the Body of Christ Community Clinic in Belton, TX. This is her story...

Once upon a time in a land far, far away….(well it wasn’t a land too far away, but like all good fairy tales it does have a happy ending). What seems like a lifetime ago, I found myself a single mom of two great kids. No child support. No health insurance. No dental insurance. Living in a single wide mobile home on less than $10,000 a year. If you put our bills and income on paper it never added up, but by the grace of God it always worked out. I was in nursing school at the time and raising one energetic little boy and one joyful little girl. Much to my horror and shame, I had to put aside my pride and go apply for Medicaid for the kids as well as for food stamps. It was one of the most belittling, humiliating experiences of my life. I’m a giver, not a taker. Very difficult to be on the receiving end when you were born independent. Hard times, bad experiences, trials and tribulations all can serve a purpose. God has the most wonderful ways of molding us and shaping us into what He wants us to become. 

Anyways, I didn’t have health insurance. I couldn’t afford the cost of an office visit or any tests that would be necessary. The only way I could get healthcare was through a visit at an emergency department. Emergency departments are for emergencies, but when you don’t have health insurance or money for co-pays and tests, then even something as simple as strep throat is an emergency. I couldn’t afford to miss nursing classes or clinicals. I couldn’t afford to miss time at work. If there had been a free clinic like Body of Christ Community Clinic, then I would have been a patient at it. Unfortunately, I either suffered without or was forced to go to the ER. 

So as for my happy middle of my story (the ending of my story is still a mystery to me), I volunteer at free clinics because I know what it’s like to do without health insurance and healthcare. I know what it’s like to feel the humiliation and shame of taking charity. I know and I understand. God provided for me during a very difficult time in my life through many different people and even miracles. It’s my time to pay it forward, and what a blessing that is!
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