Two Manchester health clinics working on merger plan
Kris McCracken, president and chief executive of the Manchester Community Health Center, said she should have more information next month about the plans.
Her organization has 11,500 active patients, 40 percent of whom lack health insurance, she said. The organization is a federally qualified health center, meaning it receives higher payments from Medicaid as long as it accepts all patients, regardless of their ability to pay or their citizenship status.
Child Health Services is the older of the two organizations and was founded in 1980 by former Manchester pediatrician Selma Deitch. Deitch opened the organization with the goal of providing what she called “bio-psychosocial health care” to children from poor families. The services include heath care, social services, help with nutrition and behavioral health.
It reported $3.1 million in revenues to the IRS for its 2012 tax year, and Paris said it counts about 2,000 active patients. Almost all are children or teenagers, he said. It is not a federally qualified clinic, meaning it does not receive higher Medicaid payments for services it provides.
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