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Dave Ranney / Heartland Health Monitor

The switch from county oversight to management by a Wichita-based nonprofit is under way for the four safety net clinics in Shawnee County.

Together, the four clinics provide health services to about 8,000 patients a year, regardless of their ability to pay.

That sounds like a lot. But for a county with 20,500 uninsured children and adults, health officials say it’s not enough.

Dave Ranney / Heartland Health Monitor

Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for plugging a $325 million-plus hole in the current fiscal year’s budget includes a $254,000 cut in state-funded grants for safety net clinics that provide care for the poor and uninsured.

The governor also has proposed taking an additional $378,000 from the grant program in fiscal 2016 and 2017.

The House Social Services Budget Committee heard testimony on the proposal Monday.

A New Era For 'Free' Clinics

Jan 29, 2013
Elana Gordon / KCUR

Armed with more than 100 staff members and 1,000 volunteers, the bustling Kansas City Free Health Clinic in midtown is one of the largest free health clinics in the country, treating upward of 15,000 patients a year. “KC Free,” as it’s commonly called, doesn’t charge fees or bill patients for care. It only sees people who are uninsured.

But this year, all that changes.

Health Services Expand In Johnson And Miami Counties

Jun 20, 2012
Elana Gordon / KCUR

Health services for uninsured and underinsured people in Johnson and Miami counties just got a major boost.

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