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Deborah wrote to us asking "Where in Macon can you get dental care for free or for very little money?"
The Macon Volunteer Clinic off Rogers Avenue provides medical and dental services for people at or below the federal poverty guidelines.
To become a patient at the clinic, you must live in Bibb County, have a job, be between the ages of 18 and 64, and have no insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or Veteran's Affairs benefits.
"It's important not to neglect that part of your health. I suppose it's easy to do when you're having a rough financial time, so we're here to fill that void," said Dr. Lawrence McCurdy, the clinic's dentist.
Executive Director, Dr. Valerie Biskey, says the clinic has not received new income limits for 2010, and is still working with the 2009 limits until the numbers are updates.
The clinic's website says the 2009 income limits are:
1-person household - $21,660
2-person household - $29,140
3-person household - $36,620
4-person household - $44,100.
(The income limit increases as household size increases)
The clinic provides regular doctor's visits, some prescription medications, limited dental care, and some cancer screenings all free of charge.
Before becoming a patient, you must go through a screening for eligibility first. The clinic holds screening on Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
According to the clinic's website you should bring:
- Photo I.D.
- Social Security Card
- A letter from your employer saying you work and that you do not have health insurance. If you are self-employed, bring you most recent 1099, or a profit loss statement for the current period.
- Six of your most recent payroll slips
- Two utility bills with your name and address to verify you live in Bibb County
- Current year's 1040 tax return. If you file separately from your spouse, the clinic will consider both incomes and you will need to provide their current 1040 as well.
You can reach the Macon Volunteer Clinic at 478-755-1110.