Many people in Chautauqua County are uninsured when it comes to getting the care they need.
According to Ann Abdella, executive director for the Chautauqua County Health Network, people who are uninsured tend to receive less medical care and less timely care.
However, if someone is uninsured, many hospitals and providers are still obligated to provide some level of care to people who are in need.
"You can only provide so much of that charity care or free care before you can't keep your doors open," Abdella said. "The insurance reimbursement is much-needed revenue into a depleted system already. It keeps the lights on, it keeps the staff paid, it keeps the computers operating and the tests running. On the human side, it provides access and security for people who have the insurance. But it's also part of the economic engine that keeps the system moving."
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