The Ellis County Commissioners’ Court on Tuesday approved County Judge Todd Little’s letter of support for Hope Clinic, a nonprofit faith-based health care provider that provides low-income residents of Ellis County a variety of medical services on a reduced payment basis. This letter of support is part of Hope Clinic’s application process to maintain its status as a federally accredited health center that receives exclusive grants for its services to residents of Ellis County.
nullSince 1999, Hope Clinic has provided accessible health services to low-income people in the community. Ellis County pays the nonprofit clinic to cover eligible needy patients, but the clinic also needs the county to issue a letter of support every three years as part of its regular request to become a clinic. health licensed by the federal government. Being a federally accredited health center allows Hope Clinic to accept Medicare & Medicaid while also giving it the exclusive right to a federal grant in its designated service area, thus enabling the clinic to offer patients with low income or uninsured a sliding scale payment model based on federal poverty guidelines.
Justice Little, who previously served as chair of the board of Hope Clinic, was proud to send the clinic a letter of support. âHope Clinic has offered our low-income residents a variety of health services that might otherwise be unavailable to them,â he said. âAs a faith-based organization, Hope Clinic has never failed to help those in need in our county. I am happy to support their request for renewal of their federal status.
“We’ve had so many stories in the past about how we’ve helped people when they didn’t have the money, insurance for health care, or the knowledge of where to go.” , said Barbara Clark, CEO of Hope Clinic. âWe call it a patient center medical home; we do prenatal / postpartum services, for example, and then we have pediatrics. We may also assign you a primary care physician, dental and behavioral health services in one location.
To receive funding, Hope Clinic will apply for a competitive grant for the service area from the US Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). In any service area recognized by the HRSA, nonprofit health centers compete for designation as a federally approved health center for that area. Hope Clinic has played this role continuously for all of Ellis County since 2009.
The Hope Clinic’s application for a competitive grant for the HRSA service area will be processed in September. If approved, Hope Clinic will continue to serve as a federally licensed health center for Ellis County until September 2024.