New health clinic

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin ISD was prepared for the worst last night, as board members and parents were given the opportunity to voice concerns about a new health clinic. But there was really no opposition to the plan, and the clinic's director, Meredith Stanford says that's because it benefits both parties. "The student won't miss school, they will be, continue to maintain their education. The district will benefit for having their students on campus and not losing the revenue that they would lose should the child be absent."

The new clinic will offer dental screening, counseling, lab services and much more. And it won't cost parents a dime. Stanford said, "This is for the children who don't get that access or whose mother goes and sits with them in the emergency room in the evening because she can't normally get them care or can't find the access to care. We're gonna be there to help find the sources and try to open the doors to access the care."

The clinic will even help students get medicaid if they're qualified. It's all part of a grant acquired by the school and the Angelina County and Cities Health District. Stanford says, "We will possibly bill Medicaid, Chips and private insurance should those routes be necessary in order to make us as self sustaining and funded as possible."

But no student will be refused service if they aren't insured. Parents will get this letter explaining the program and as long as you sign off on it your student will have free access to the clinic.