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DHHS Announces Partnership to Increase Access to Primary Health Care in Hoke County


For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos today announced the expansion of a partnership between DHHS and Robeson Health Care Corporation (RHHC). On September 3rd, the new RHCC Hoke County Community Health Center in Raeford, North Carolina will open to improve access to primary and preventive health care services in Hoke county, supported in part by the state-funded Medical Access Plan (MAP) grant.

The Medical Access Plan (MAP) grant provides coverage for primary health care services to uninsured and medically indigent patients at 19 state designated funded rural health center locations in North Carolina. If a person qualifies for MAP coverage, the cost of a visit is $25.

"At DHHS, we are confronting one of North Carolina's biggest and most important healthcare challenges," said Dr. Wos. "We are partnering with underserved communities across the state to explore and develop innovative solutions that can increase access and quality of health care. Our work includes not only providing funding, but also recruiting health providers to meet unmet needs in local communities."

In addition to the Hoke County center, MAP funds support Robeson Health Care Corporation clinics in Robeson, Columbus and Montgomery counties. Those counties, as well as surrounding Harnett, Richmond and Scotland counties, are all considered health professional shortage areas, a federal designation that evaluates population to physician ratios as well as access to primary care. Seventy-eight counties in North Carolina qualify as Health Professional Shortage Areas.

The Hoke County Community Health Center, located at 375 Teal Drive in Raeford, will be staffed by Dr. Sonja Duggal, a family practice physician who was recruited to Robeson Health Care Corporation by the DHHS Office of Rural Health and Community Care in October 2012. Appointments are being accepted now. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact (910) 565-3770.

Dr. Thomas Maynor, MD and Jinnie Lowery, President and CEO, both of RHCC stated, "It is important to let people know that all eight of our centers provide health care for residents who are uninsured, as well as, those with Medicaid, Medicare, BCBS, other insurance, and especially TRICARE coverage."

Last Friday, Governor Pat McCrory and Secretary Wos announced the details of a statewide telepsychiatry plan to address the increasing number of North Carolinians relying on emergency room care for acute mental health and substance abuse crises by linking community hospitals without psychiatric services to mental health professionals.


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