The Free Clinic of Clinton County Inc. in Wilmington could benefit financially from the Social Service Block Grant funds proposed in the U.S. Senate’s version of the Economic Stimulus package.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown applauded the inclusion of $400 million in funds for the Social Service Block Grant (SSBG) program.

SSBG funds can be used to support free clinics that serve Ohioans facing economic hardship, Brown said.

“These clinics provide an invaluable service to my home state,” Brown said in a letter to Senate leadership. “Annually, the United States spends $1.5 trillion on medical care costs for people with preventable chronic diseases. Investing in free clinics, which provide preventive health services, could prove to dramatically decrease the tremendous costs and immeasurable suffering which results from the lack of preventive care in this country.”

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