FRANKLIN, NH – Among the 6,000 people receiving primary health care services at Health First Family Health Center (Health First), the Community Health Center located in Franklin and Laconia, more than 27 percent have no health insurance.  However many may be  eligible for Medicaid or Medicare, the new insurance market  place  or  the new  New Hampshire Health Protection Program. Those few patients  who are not eligible for one of these programs depend on the sliding fee scale offered by Health First – and the health center’s ability to provide their care at a fraction of the cost.  The  changing  face  of  options was  a recent  topic for meetings in the Twin rivers  and Lakes region.
“Suddenly unemployed and uninsured, it’s a shock to discover you can no longer afford medical care for yourself or your family,” Silverberg said. The  New options  can be  accessed  by making  an appointment  to see  a  Patient  Navigator.

Ongoing, bipartisan support at the federal and state level is critical to keep the doors open at Community Health Centers.

“Community Health Centers were established 45 years ago so people can receive high quality health care regardless of insurance or financial circumstances,” Silverberg noted. “No one should jeopardize their health because they are embarrassed by their current circumstances. Financial arrangements with patients are made privately; clinicians and other staff are unaware of who has insurance and who doesn’t. Everyone is treated with the utmost care and respect.”

Health First Family Care Center is a nonprofit Community Health Center with offices in Franklin and Laconia. New patients are welcome. Call (603) 934-0177 for more information or to make an appointment.