Low Cost Healthcare Clinic: Layoffs Forced To Continue Services

The Agape Community Health Center in Washington says two employees out of the four staff members were let go to help save money while keeping the dental program alive.

The clinic started offering dental services in 2009, thanks to $279,000 in start up money from Beaufort County commissioners. But with more people in need, or unable to pay for the low-cost services, the executive director says they've had no choice, but to let them go.

"Whatever we do, I have to pay for it. You got to pay for it and if you're not bringing in enough money through insurance and billing... and we knew because of the population that we serve, then we have to make some tough decisions," said Reverend Moore.

Reverend Moore says he may ask the county again, to assist the clinic. The county manager says they're grateful of the clinic services, but doesn't know if the county can help financially again.

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