Waterbury uninsured have a place to get care

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Yesterday’s CT Mirror highlights Waterbury Project Access, a free health clinic program providing care to uninsured patients in the area. Because of the program Dennis Hayes, a truck driver with no coverage and $50,000 in medical bills from a heart attack, doesn’t have to ration his medications or doctor visits – keeping him working and out of the hospital. The program, led by Leslie Swiderski since 2003, brings together volunteer providers, donated labs, medications, and hospital care with uninsured patients who aren’t eligible for any public programs. In the last four years, the program has helped over 1,200 patients and provided $4.6 million in donated care. A Project Access program opened this summer in New Haven.
Ellen Andrews