Remote Area Medical is preparing for its big mobile clinic in June in Wise County and is looking for dental, vision and medical professionals to volunteer.
RAM spokesman Robert Lambert said the expansion of Medicaid in Virginia this year is not expected to decrease the number of people seeking the free services.
“The primary reason for this is because Medicaid doesn't cover vision or dental services for adults in Virginia and these are the two most requested services at RAM clinics,” he said. “We also expect that many people will still rely on RAM and The Health Wagon for medical care, as there is a lack of facilities and providers in far southwest Virginia, so even if people are able to get enrolled into Medicaid, they may not have a provider with available appointments in their area.”
The RAM clinic at the Wise County Fairgrounds will take place June 28-30. Services will include dental cleanings, fillings and extractions; eye exams, prescriptions and glasses made on site; mental health services; osteopathic manipulation service; chiropractic services; mammograms, chest x-rays, cancer screenings and general exams.
Other services include a legal clinic, free clothing, shoes and food.
All services are free and no ID is required. RAM said last year the clinic provided $700,000 worth of free care to 1,350.
Volunteers are still needed. For information, go to www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.