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Jackson offers free health care clinic for employees

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The City of Jackson is offering free basic healthcare for all its employees and their families. 

Last year, the council voted to offer this service.

Healthcare can be expensive especially when you have to pay out of pocket and being sick also means time off work. 

Jackson's Mayor said hopefully the free Clinic that's now open at the Metrocenter Mall will help save the city and employee’s time, money and improve wellness.

“Even though it is a medical clinic it feels like a spa,” employee Anthony Cole said.

 Anthony Cole works for the City of Jackson. He feels like he is in good hands at the city's new health clinic.

“They have diagnosed some illness that I have so I can control them and done some labs.”

This long time employee is one of the more than 2,000 as well as their dependents who now have the option of getting primary care such as blood pressure checks and X-rays without having to pay big bucks in a copay or deductibles.

“Because it is free, it helps to free up the cost that we would have incur if we had to use our health insurance. Also, each day one of the nine departments they are people who need these particular services,” said Cole.

Rochelle Ward is head nurse practitioner at the new clinic. It’s been open for two weeks and she said it is amazing to see so many people taking advantage of service and getting treatments.

“The thing is knowledge is key and if you know what's going with your body that makes you better. It is just learning about diet, exercise,” said Ward.

Mayor Tony Yarber agrees. He said the quality medical service is a convenient and cost-efficient way to aid employees.

“We have been looking for ways to offer out employees the best we could offer them and this new clinic is one,” said Mayor Tony Yarber.

He said while taxpayers are footing the bill the clinic is saving them and the city money in the long run.

“The city is saving because we can see an offset in paying premiums for our insurance health claims and what really want to see if we have a healthier workforce,” said Yarber.

Mayor Yarber said right now the clinic can serve around 24 people a day.  He hopes the city can expand the clinic and more than double that amount in the next few months.

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