Low-income medical centers closing in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County

BROOKLYN PARK, Md. -  

People's Community Health Centers has been been around for 44 years, but now their days are numbered.  

 

"They canceled my appointment, which was Monday, two hours before I got it. They hung up on me every time I called up here today.  They just told me they're closing their doors on the 30th," said Will Boyd, a PCHC patient of two years.  

 

Boyd was turned away from his appointment to take care of his two aching teeth.  He says the $90 he paid in advance for service may not be returned.  

 

Boyd started coming to People's Community Health Center in Brooklyn Park after he lost his job and his insurance.  The interim CEO says they can no longer serve 11,000 low-income patients at the centers in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City.  

 

"I lost my insurance.  I got to go with Social Security.  They send me here.  You wait in there for hours and then they don't see you," said Boyd.  

 

A letter posted on the door says there are "circumstances beyond our control" regarding a federal grant that has resulted in ongoing funding delays.  The centers will close on June 30.  

 

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman decided to suspend grant money that was coming from profit turned at Maryland Live Casino and meant to build a new People's Health Community Center in Severn.  A spokeswoman from her office called it "mismanagement of funds."  

 

"The organization sent out a letter saying they've done everything they can do, and I challenge that if you consider there's a tax lien against them and they're using capital funds for operating expenses," said Neuman.  

 

The letter says People's Community Health Center hopes the disruption in service is temporary.  Neuman says her office is searching for another provider to avoid a gap in service.  

 

A news conference is scheduled at a PCHC office on Greenmount Ave. in Baltimore at 10 a.m. Friday.  

 

 

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