Connectus Emphasizes Open Door Policy as Government Shutdown Drags On

In the wake of the longest government shutdown in the nation’s history, Connectus Health is reminding furloughed employees and others affected in the Nashville community of its mission -- to serve anyone in need, regardless of circumstances or ability to pay.

 
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Connectus Health recognizes that certain life situations create financial hardships and impact a patient's ability to pay for healthcare services. The community health center’s “Inability to Pay/Financial Hardship Exemption Policy” ensures access to health care services for all persons by allowing patients who qualify to receive a short-term exemption from the cost of their healthcare, up to 90 days in most cases. Federal employees who are in the fourth week without receiving a paycheck and in need of healthcare for themselves or their families are encouraged to contact Connectus.

“Until the shutdown is resolved, we want the community to know that we can offer assistance to help alleviate some of their financial strain,” said Suzanne Hurley, FNP, co-CEO of Connectus. “We have several different options, including the hardship policy, that would allow patients to be exempt from their out of pocket costs for a limited amount of time.”

Connectus Health operates two clinics in Nashville, including the Vine Hill Clinic at 601 Benton Avenue in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood and the Priest Lake Family and Women’s Health Center at 2637 Murfreesboro Pike in Antioch. Available services include primary care such as sick visits, immunizations and physicals, chronic disease management and pediatric care; midwifery and women’s care; and behavioral health care. Appointments can be made by calling 615-292-9770 and walk-ins are also accepted.

The clinics have a network of specialists in place in the event a referral is needed. Connectus offers free translation services and cultural sensitivity for people of all nationalities and backgrounds.

Jay Sheridan