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Following through on their July decision, yesterday the commissioners budgeted funds for grants to 11 charitable organizations and clinics.
These groups provide health care services to poor and indigent citizens of Collin County.
Budgeted were "fee for service" grants (these grants pay a predefined amount per patient or visit. The patients must be pre-qualified and the grant amount is the maximum total amount the county will reimburse):
Prescription assistance to low-income citizens:
$11,000 to the Assistance Center of Collin County
$6,000 to the Allen Community Outreach
$4,000 to the Community Lifeline Center
$6,000 to Frisco Family Services
Surgical Procedures and medication for breast cancer patients:
$47,233 to the Collin County Bridge Breast Network.
Health care visits for uninsured and low income citizens:
$30,000 to the Children and Community Health Clinic in McKinney?
$31,980 to the Collin County Adult Clinic
$50,000 to the Plano Children's Medical Clinic
$11,000 to the Frisco Cares Children’s Clinic
Post hospitalization monitoring and assistance for senior citizens:
$38,024.90 to the Maurice Barnett Geriatric Wellness Center, Inc.
Meals on Wheels:
$40,000 to the Collin County Committee on Aging.
Last July, the commissioners also approved a $24,750 grant to the Journey Home, a hospice center. Unfortunately, the Journey Home has ceased operations.
As usual, Jerry Hoagland cast the lone dissenting vote on all the grants. This year, he couldn't even blame illegal aliens, since the clinics agreed to only submit fee for service vouchers for citizens.
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