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Free medical clinic opening soon in Cabot

One in every three Arkansans with a job does not have health insurance. This startling fact is prompting several local doctors to turn an old run-down building into the Lonoke County Christian Clinic.
One in every three Arkansans with a job does not have health insurance. This startling fact is prompting several local doctors to turn an old run-down building into the Lonoke County Christian Clinic. Everyone will be welcome, even without insurance cards.

In a few short months, there will be 15 medical exam rooms and a pharmacy, and the best part is that it will be free.

“Because I don't have insurance, it takes forever. I don’t have insurance, they put me last," said Tiffany Fogle. Any minute now, 20-year-old Fogle will give birth. She works part time, but like many Arkansans, doesn't have health insurance. "Not every job offers insurance, so having a free clinic is wonderful," she says.

Her situation and those like her inspired 15 doctors and several dentists to donate their time and their energy.  They are cleaning up and transforming the old city gym to turn it into the Lonoke County Christian Clinic, which will offer free medical and dental services.

"I see people everyday in my office that can't come back. They are supposed to come back for a follow up, but they can’t afford to come back and get their medicine. True religion is helping people who don't have anything, helping the helpless," said Dr. Jason Merrick.

"For him to do this is amazing," said Tiffany.

Organizers want to keep the Lonoke County Christian Clinic open for years to come. They got a really good price on the building, a dollar a year for 10 years.  The price tag to get the Christian Clinic up and running is about one million dollars.  The clinic will be funded entirely by grants and donations.

Already, plumbing heat and air have been donated, but they still need help. For more information, call organizer, Kelly Coughlin at (501)563-3276.
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