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Healthcare services are being offered at no cost

Published: Jul. 9, 2021 at 7:31 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) -A new program is offering healthcare at no cost to communities in need. A local coach talks about how it’s helping his team because healthcare can be expensive. So the Tri-state Delta Wellness mission is doing its part to help by providing services at no cost. A local coach says his team is taking advantage of it.

“It’s really a big thing for us. One of the things we’re able to do as football coaches gets all our guy’s athletic physicals and this will help free us up. Instead of having to wait until August when the doctor’s office opens up, we can get that done right now in the month of July,” Toriano Wells, Trass High School Head Football Coach said.

The Delta Regional Authority teamed up with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Military Reserves forces to offer the services.

“We are going to be providing physical health exams, blood pressure disease screenings, dental services will consist of exams, fillings, and extractions. And there will also be eye care services as well, including vision screenings, and single-lens prescription eyeglasses. Anyone can come out and receive treatment ages three and up. There’s no proof of income, no proof of residency, insurance, no photo ID is necessary to receive treatment, patients will be received on a first come first serve basis,” Shawna Blair, with Delta Regional Authority said.

She says they will also provide follow-up appointments. Coach Wells says it’s a challenge for some students to get their physical so he’s grateful for the help.

“It’s a great feeling knowing that some of the needs, rather it’s dental, vision, or different things like that are having those services provided to the kids, adults, and elderly who don’t have access to those and having it brought to the community. It’s a big thing and our community is looking forward to utilizing those services while the military is here,” he said.

The program started today and will end on July 17th. It’s being held at General Trass High School in Lake Providence.

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