Medicaid Unwinding & Free Clinics
Clinics Play A Critical Role
The COVID-19 public health crisis hit Virginia in early 2020 and free clinics responded quickly, implementing telemedicine and other strategies to safely meet the ongoing health care needs of uninsured patients, helping to prevent an escalation of the virus, reduce unnecessary emergency room (ER) visits, and preserve hospital capacity.
Open and Serving Patients
As the pandemic progresses, Virginia's free and charitable clinics innovated to create post-COVID care clinics for recovering patients that required ongoing management of a wide variety of long-term COVID-related health issues. They are also included in the state’s distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines making it accessible to vulnerable populations across the state who desperately needed it.
Clinics stand ready to meet the influx of pent up patient demand for services while providing ongoing chronic care and addressubg the rising need for behavioral health services. Virginia free and charitable clinics stand poised to continue to provide health care to vulnerable populations across Virginia following the pandemic and into the future.