Blunt Signs New Health Bill
Some applauded on Wednesday as the governor signed a health care bill.
"We're just thankful to the Governor for putting this legislation forward," Gloria Crull, from Family Health Center, said.
Others weren't so enthusiastic.
"The governor's got his priorities backwards here," Robin Acree, Executive Director of Grass Roots Organizing, said.
The bill allocates $60 million to federally qualified health clinics in Missouri. About $1 million will go to the family health clinic in Columbia, which plans to use the money for dental services in both Columbia and it's extension office in Chariton County.
"The only practicing dentist retired in June of 2006, so there are no practicing dentists in Chariton County, where Salisbury's located, at all. So we'll spend $500,000 there," Crull said.
While the bill will provide $60 million to federally qualified health clinics across the state, some said it's not quite what the doctor ordered.
Acree said the bill is only a short term solution.
"It just gives them a band-aid, basically. They'll come in and be able to get a band-aid and maybe a referral that they'll never go to because they don't have the money,"Acree said.
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