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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

Local Clinic Offers Health Services For Uninsured Employed

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The number of uninsured Americans has fallen, but millions of working people around the country still do not have health coverage. 

According to a recent National Health Interview survey, the number of uninsured across the U.S. has dropped by eight percent to 41 million people in the first quarter of this year.

Meanwhile, the Kaiser Family Foundation said the survey "dramatically understates" the effect of the Affordable Care Act, and said they expect eight million to 10 million fewer uninsured people by the second quarter of this year.

The Affordable Care Act remains controversial, but data shows it is accomplishing its goal of insuring more Americans. However, millions of working people still remain uninsured or underinsured.

The local nonprofit Volunteers in Medicine provides free medical services for the working uninsured. Volunteers in Medicine CEO Mary Pat Corrigan and cardiologist Dr. Ken Adams, a volunteer with the group, joined Melissa Ross to discuss what they're doing to help those without coverage.

 You can follow Melissa Ross on Twitter @MelissainJax.