New federal laws may not help uninsured

Stimulus funds promise to cover coronavirus testing and treatment, but loopholes can leave patients on the hook for costs.

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State News

April 29, 2020 - 10:33 AM

Face masks that Derby resident Melissa Dodge uses to protect herself at her grocery store job. Dodge has no health insurance. Photo by COURTESY PHOTO/KCUR.ORG

The small crew of health care workers at Guadalupe Clinic in Wichita — aided by dozens more who volunteer there — sees nearly 2,000 people a year.

Every one of them is uninsured, and all visits are free.

Guadalupe can’t yet check patients for COVID-19. But emergency federal legislation might help the nonprofit roll out that service to the low-income neighborhoods it serves.

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