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Healing Hands Health Care expecting patient increase

By Lyndsey Price, lprice@wcyb.com
Published On: Nov 21 2013 04:57:34 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 21 2013 06:00:00 PM CST

The Healing Hands Health Clinic saw dozens of patients for free health care and offering advice about the Affordable Care Act.

BRISTOL, Tenn. -

The Healing Hands Health Clinic saw dozens of patients for free health care and offering advice about the Affordable Care Act.

Health care is on many minds as people start to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act. "My little girl will be 8 and I just work three days a week. I work 23 hours a week and I need to know if I'll be able to afford it, because I don't make that much money every two weeks," says patient Angela Belcher. She, like many others, is looking for answers.

Jim Hall tells us the whole process has been confusing. "I'm just hoping to find some insurance I can be confident in and help me if I were to get seriously ill," says Hall, who's a Healing Hands patient.

Healing Hands saw around 150 patients at the free health clinic and Affordable Care Act information session Wednesday and Thursday. "A lot of people are telling us that they are not going to be able to afford health insurance, so we are a safety net for people who can't afford it," says Healing Hands director Helen Scott.

Scott tells us in 2012 they served 5,395 patients, and because of the new health care laws they are expecting a 20 percent increase. "We are going to be here for a long time because we're going to help people [who fall through] the cracks," says Scott.

Scott tells us now they are extending their service to the working under insured and the working uninsured. She says they are hoping to expand some services not included in the new laws. "We want to provide more dental care because adult dental is not included in the affordable care act and adult vision is not included," adds Scott. 

Patients we spoke with tell us they are hoping for the best, but they are still having problems looking at the choices through the healthcare.gov website.