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WRJ health clinic anticipates future need

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WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. -

Health care has been a consistent topic on the campaign trail this fall, but for the Good Neighbor Health Clinic in White River Junction, raising funds to provide care for low income people is always a concern.

The White River clinic and two others in Lebanon and Enfield, New Hampshire provide health and dental care for the uninsured.  It's funded by regional hospitals, private donations and some state dollars.  The clinic, which is staffed by volunteer doctors, was set up 20 years ago.  And despite the Affordable Care Act, which requires all Americans to get health insurance, clinic officials say there will continue to be a need.

"In reality, even though these clinics were created for the purpose of lasting just a few years, until health care reform would take place, that hasn't been the case and we foresee that we are going to be in business for the long term in spite of the changes," said Armando Alfonzo,  Good Neighbor's Executive Director.

The clinic is holding a fundraiser -- "Music as Medicine" -- this Saturday in Wilder, Vermont. Local doctors will be performing after a bake sale and reception.  The event begins a 4 p.m. About 15 percent of the clinics overall budget comes from private donations.

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