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NAPA - In the wake of a sudden 20 percent surge of newly uninsured patients, Napa's federally qualified health center will soon construct a 3,500-square-foot pediatric center.
The clinic's director said the trend is indicative of the urgent need for national reform, a topic she will soon address at the first of several forums planned by a new local advocacy group.
"We are seeing a whole new group of patients we have never seen before - middle class couples and families that lost their jobs, or hours, or were with a small business that just can't afford to buy health care for workers anymore," said Clinic Ole Executive Director Beatrice Bostick.
The center recently received about $900,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding and has commenced planning to install a new modular on a neighboring plot. The group hopes to begin preparing the land for the structure during the next few months while the actual building is constructed offsite. Ms. Bostick said she hopes to complete the project in 12 months or less.