SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (11/10/09)--The Vermont State Employees CU (VSECU) recently donated $10,000 to the Vermont Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured to give more Vermonters access to quality health care. As Vermont families struggle to make ends meet, health care often is neglected due to inadequate or no health insurance, so Vermont credit unions decided to do something to help, said the Association of Vermont Credit Unions (NewsLines Express Nov. 6). “The coalition of clinics is a vital resource in Vermont’s health care system by providing medical and dental services to over 5,000 Vermonters who cannot afford adequate health insurance,” said Judy Rosenstreich, member of VSECU’s board of directors and chair of its Charitable Contributions Committee. The coalition is an association of 10 free clinic programs and two dental programs, which provides free care and assistance to Vermonters without adequate medical and dental insurance. The clinics are located throughout the state and are supported by volunteers, community hospitals, local fund-raising and an annual grant from the state of Vermont. “In the first quarter of this fiscal year we have experienced a 34% increase in the number of patients we served over this same period three years ago,” said Lynn Raymond-Empey, the coalition’s executive director. “Unfortunately, our main funding sources have not increased since that time,” she added. “The donations of organizations like the VSECU, have allowed us to continue assisting uninsured/underinsured Vermonters with accessing health care when they are in need, and helping them enroll in the Green Mountain Care programs, become insured and find a permanent primary care home.” The announcement was made as President Barack Obama commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a sweeping health care reform bill late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. The bill now awaits consideration in the U.S. Senate.