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Many Manatee residents qualify for free medical care. Here is one place to get it

Updated on November 9th, 2020 Written by Turning Points

BY JAMES A. JONES JR.OCTOBER 19, 2020 05:00 AM, UPDATED OCTOBER 20, 2020 05:00 AM


For families who have lost their medical coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic, a local nonprofit may be able to relieve some of their pain.

Turning Points, 701 17th Ave. W., offers free medical and dental care to qualifying Manatee County residents between the ages of 18 and 64. Older residents are not included because they qualify for Medicare.

A family of four with an income of $48,000 or less a year, for example, qualifies for free care, said Dr. Art Cohen, medical director.

“This past month we have had a 38 percent increase in the clinic,” said Margi Dawson, director of development.. “Most of these new patients thought that our clinic services were only for the homeless.”

That’s a misconception that Turning Points would like to correct.

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