Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine
Free Medical, Chiropractic and Dental Clinic Serving Brevard County
Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine is a fully approved 501(c)3 comprised of dedicated health care providers and community professionals who have joined together to open a free medical, chiropractic and dental clinic to serve the uninsured of Brevard County and the Space Coast.
Our 'Culture of Caring' begins with a special group of people including doctors, dentists and staff who volunteer their time to improve the 'Quality of Life' of the uninsured in our community.
Urgent - Volunteers Needed for Fall! Click "I want to volunteer!"
To be considered eligible for a clinic appointment follow the steps below:
1. To determine if you fit the eligibility requirements, call 321.914.0915 for an eligibility screening appointment.
2. Bring all financial documents (see Eligibility Requirements) with you to the eligibility screening appointment.
3. If you are fully qualified, you will be given a clinic appointment at the qualification visit.
Remember, a patient cannot be admitted to the clinic without prior screening.
The Impact of Supreme Court Decision on Volunteers in Medicine Clinics
June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court’s affirmation of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows the country to proceed with plans to implement the many provisions of this historic health care legislation. Since March 2010, when the legislation was passed, some provisions have already been implemented, resulting in previously uninsured Americans obtaining health coverage. However, major provisions of the law will not be implemented until 2014.
Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) clinics will continue to be critically important safety-net health care providers, both before and after the 2014 implementation date. Since the law was passed, as health care costs have continued to escalate at an alarming rate, more Americans have lost their health insurance and joined the ranks of the uninsured.
Experts agree that even when millions of people are able to purchase affordable insurance as a result of the provisions in the ACA, there will still be millions of people who do not qualify for, or are excluded from applying for subsidized insurance. Those people will continue to rely on Volunteers in Medicine safety net community-supported clinics for their health care.
States have significant power to shape Medicaid programs, and between now and 2014, preparation for implementation of the ACA among states will have enormous variability, and depend on a state’s commitment to fund Medicaid subsidies for lower income residents to purchase health insurance through “exchanges”. The insurance products offered through exchanges will vary greatly in cost and coverage.
Based on the successful Massachusetts experience (on which the ACA legislation is modeled), helping uninsured people apply for and secure health insurance will take years to “ramp up”, especially since states continue to have serious shortages of primary care physicians.
Initially, people may qualify for health insurance, but many will be unable to secure a primary care physician, leaving them insured but without access to care. VIM clinics will be needed for years to continue to provide care to those transitioning from being uninsured into having affordable health insurance coverage AND access to care. Undocumented residents are excluded from purchasing health insurance coverage under the ACA, and are welcome to receive care at most VIM clinics.
Community-owned and sustained VIM clinics will be needed indefinitely to continue to care for those who remain uninsured, who fall through the cracks or are unable to afford services not covered by their insurance. The community’s ongoing investment in a VIM clinic assures access to quality, low cost medical care for those most in need in a caring, dignified environment, so that everyone in a community has access to health care, and in doing so, the health of the community improves, and the common good is well served.
Volunteer Now! Give Your Time and Make A Difference in Your Community
To serve the critical need for free health care for the uninsured we have opened a medical, chiropractic and dental clinic in our community. If you are passionate about improving the quality of life of your friends and neighbors we have a volunteer position for you. We are currently seeking volunteers:
- To share your Time and a Smile
- Who are Passionate about helping others
- To improve Quality of Life in your community
- Who Enjoy Planning Events/Fundraising and meeting people
- Who have Medical Experience
The gift of time is "Life Changing" for the people served by our organization. Volunteer training only takes a few hours. Join Today! To become a Space Coast Volunteer click Volunteer Form fill in the information and hit Submit.