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MADISON, Wis. - It's a clinic like no other and it was hosted right here
in Madison. Saturday's free health care clinic provided hundreds of uninsured
residents with medication and other necessary medical care that they might not
normally be able to get.



"It's very scary that you have health issues but
don't have the money or resources to get the help that you need," said
patient, Silvana Mercedes.



Mercedes has been living without health insurance for 7
years. As a diabetic she says Saturdays free clinic  stirred up unexpected emotions.



"I cried. I gave the doctors hugs because it was
that much of a relief for me, knowing that I'm going to be able to have a
supply of medication," she said.



Three months of free medication supplied by the National
Association of Free and Charitable clinics (NAFC).



A prescription, she thought she would have to go without
for at least the next few months. NAFC who put on the one day event offered
patients medical exams, test and other medical resources for those who are
uninsured or have little access to medical care.



"This is a great place to tell the story of the
222,000 people that are going to be left behind after the implementation of the
Affordable Care act.



It's also a great place to talk to all of those people
who didn't understand about Badger Care, who didn't know it was going on,"
said NAFC Executive Director, Nicole Lamoureux.



650 volunteers helped to put on the event. The clinic was
not just for the sick, patients who did not have a specific medical need still
received a free checkup. It’s a resource the association felt was necessary for
the community.



"It's a really heavy burden that you carry around
with you. The worry, making that decision between putting food on the table and
going to see a doctor is one that no one should have to do," said
Lamoureux.



For residents like Mercedes, Saturdays event provided
them with not only care that is usually inaccessible, but it also eased
concerns.



"This pretty much gave me an alternative and brought
such a huge relief. I feel ten times better than I did when I came in and I was
able to get the  care that I desperately
needed," she said.

Hundreds of patients receive free medical care in Madison

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