Aberdeen getting affordable health care clinic

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A nonprofit organization that provides affordable health care at 18 medical and dental clinics in South Dakota is expanding into Aberdeen.

Howard-based Horizon Health Care Inc. has been awarded an $810,000 federal grant to open the clinic and will receive additional funding to operate it, Chief Operating Officer Jeff Mengenhausen told the American News (http://bit.ly/18RFKBm ).

There were more than 350 applicants nationwide, with only 32 receiving grants. Aberdeen is the only place in in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana that will see a grant-funded clinic.

The clinic will provide services on a sliding fee scale, meaning patients will be billed based on their ability to pay. Discounts can reach 90 percent, according to Mengenhausen, as a patient could pay as little as $10 a visit.

“The quality care is still there,” Mengenhausen said. “The price is just based on a sliding scale. There is no denying patients based on their ability to pay.”

The organization will hire seven employees in Aberdeen. A clinic site is still being selected. The facility is to open by early next year.

The opening of the clinic is not connected to the August closure of the South Dakota Urban Indian Health clinic in Aberdeen, though patients from that clinic will be welcome at the new one, Mengenhausen said.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

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