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La Plata Community Clinic Fact Sheet
La Plata Community Clinic Mission: "The La Plata Community Clinic provides quality, respectful, & integrated health care -- medical, dental, & behavioral health-- for those that are underserved and lack other access to health care in La Plata County."
We do this by mobilizing the community, empowering patients and building partnerships. Our goal is to create a healthier community, one patient at a time.
* The La Plata Community Clinic (LPCC) opened in January 2013 and is located at 1800 East 3rd Avenue, Suite 103 in Durango. Currently, the care is provided by medical and dental professionals donating their time and skills. Those served include adults (18 or older) residing in La Plata County who lack access to other health care, are uninsured and who are low-income. The patients seen meet eligibility criteria. At the current time, we provide basic primary care and dental services.
* Patients are required to contribute to their health care and encouraged to take personal responsibility. A flexible sliding-scale fee schedule is used and everyone pays something.
* The Clinic provides three areas of service:
* The Clinic is not able to manage:
Children and teens needing care are referred to other programs and private practices.
* LPCC utilizes qualified volunteers to provide services including all categories of licensed health care providers (ie, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, dentists, and dental assistants and hygienists). Other non-medical volunteers are
utilized in reception and in other administrative capacities. Anyone wishing to donate time should fill out the volunteer form under the “Volunteer Tab” and then call the Clinic.
* LPCC is designed to complement current health care providers and assist our area healthcare system(s) by helping those in greatest need who are underserved. We also help in reducing un-necessary visits to local emergency rooms.
* Donations: All donations to LPCC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, are tax-deductible. For information about donating to the clinic, click here.
Note: On October 10, 2013, the La Plata Community Clinic became an "Enterprise Zone" participant through the State of Colorado. All monetary donations of $250 or more since that date are eligible for a 25% State income tax credit, with a maximum credit of $100,000. Non-monetary donations (services, supplies) worth $250 or more are eligible for a 12.5% tax credit.
The Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado served as LPCC's fiscal sponsor until it was granted non-profit federal tax status in May of ’13.
* Axis Health System and the new Federally Qualified Health Center…
The Clinic learned in September, 2013 that Axis Health System received a grant to become a Federally Qualified Health Center or “FQHC.” We congratulate Axis Health System on this achievement! LPCC will continue to see patients for as long as we have funds and dedicated medical and dental volunteers. Our goal is to continue to provide a safety-net clinic offering respectful, quality healthcare for underserved adults who lack access in La Plata County.
* Will the new health care law affect the La Plata Community Clinic, and if so, how?
The La Plata Community Clinic Board of Directors fully supports people following the law and being insured. The Colorado Health Institute has estimated that, due to the costs of the insurance plans being offered through the new Marketplace (www.connectforhealthco.com), there will still be about 4,800 La Plata County community members who still cannot purchase even the most basic insurance plan. Most of these members of our community are working full-time, and usually at more than one job. The LPCC prioritizes serving those in greatest need: the working poor, the homeless, and those who lack other access to healthcare. Many private practices cannot and should not be asked to shoulder the entire burden of caring for those who cannot obtain private or public insurance.
While the new health care law requires that most people buy insurance, some may still be uninsured for several reasons. For example, a single mother working full-time at minimum wage with two children may have difficulty paying a $300-$400/month premium. Individuals experiencing homelessness or joblessness, still need health care.