Only months after closing its specialty clinics, ConnectCare informed workers on Friday that it was eliminating the rest of its services on Nov. 15. The results will be a huge hole in the region’s medical safety net, officials say, noting that the urgent care center was on track to handle medical visits to about 17,000 patients.
“The failure to expand Medicaid by Jan. 1 was a key factor,” says Melody Eskridge, ConnectCare’s CEO. “The driving force is that we will be out or reserves by Dec. 15. Despite our restructuring there was still no funding sources to fill the revenue gap caused by serving uninsured and underinsured people.”