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The Pocatello Free Clinic’s mission is to address vital community health needs (medical and dental) by providing high-quality health care and related services to individuals regardless of their ability to pay and to advocate for changes that promote greater access for the underserved resulting in improved community-wide health and wellness outcomes. In 2014, The Pocatello Free Clinic, with the support of volunteers and partners, delivered over $600,000 in services to uninsured, low-income individuals.

The quality of ones health should not be dependent on socioeconomic or insurance status, nor race or ethnicity. We believe that all individuals have a right to address health needs. One of Healthy People 2020’s goals is to achieve health equity and improve the health of all groups defined as the “attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and health care disparities. Healthy People 2020 envisions a society in which ALL people live long, healthy lives. We pledge to do our part to carry out that vision.

Many in our patient population fall into the healthcare gap. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was originally designed to give tax credits to everyone above 100% of federal poverty level and expand Medicaid for everyone below. However, the Supreme Court ruled that each state had to adopt Medicaid. Thirty-one states have adopted Medicaid but Idaho’s legislature chose not to. We find that many individuals are confused when they are told that they do not make enough money to qualify for discounts on the health exchange. Are you in the healthcare gap? To learn more, visit www.CloseTheGapIdaho.org.

Even if all states expand Medicaid, The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 31 million individuals will still be without healthcare.

The clinic is managed by an executive director, under the supervision of a Board of Directors, and staffed by pre-health students from Idaho State University. Medical and dental services are provided by volunteer health care professionals. Care includes treatment of urgent and chronic disease, preventative medicine, women’s health, chiropractic adjustment, prescription assistance, health and wellness education, oral exams and cleanings, restorative dental work, and more.