According to a report from WFTS, the Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg, Florida, areas are now providing free medical care to families who have lost jobs and health care coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic layoffs.
The St. Petersburg Free Clinic, which provides care for people ages 18-64 who don’t have health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid and do not qualify for county-subsidized health coverage are part of this network.
During this difficult time, many people are unsure of their next step when they lose medical coverage because of a sudden job loss.
The St. Petersburg Free Clinic is bringing in additional volunteer nurses, doctors, and health care workers to help people in need cope with the anticipated demands of the next few months. Part of the aid involved dental work.
Another clinic involved is Tampa Bay Family Health Centers, which offers sliding-scale payment options and telehealth visits with a face-to-face provider on a secure online platform. Here, patients can secure everything from a health care and wellness visit to a dental consultation or behavioral health appointment.