Center’s demand for payment a dilemma for homeless

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Advocates for the homeless say a Madison County health center’s decision to charge shelter residents for services violates an informal agreement to waive those fees.

President Amy Bond of the Anderson/Madison County Homeless Task Force tells The Herald Bulletin ( ) that several homeless residents have received bills for $25 for treatment they received at the Madison County Community Health Center.

She says that’s resulted in more homeless residents seeking treatment at emergency rooms that can write off the fees as charity.

The task force and health center have been discussing ways to resolve the issue, but those talks have stalled.

Bond says task force members want to return to an original agreement under which the center provides free services for shelter residents.


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