Affordable Care Act

I thought Obamacare means everyone has health insurance.  Why do we need BVMI?

Bergen County needs BVMI because 47,000 adult residents do not have health insurance!

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) provides FREE healthcare to low-income, working Bergen County residents who do not have health insurance.

BVMI is one of 96 Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) clinics located throughout the country; there are another 1,100 free and charitable clinics in addition to those in the VIM network.

One of the most common misconceptions about how the United States will look after the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that there will no longer be a need for BVMI and other free clinics to continue to provide charity care as a member of the safety net.

A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation indicates that, as of 2015, 32 million people in the United States remain uninsured.  In New Jersey, 940,000 people remain uninsured, including 47,000 residents of Bergen County.

BVMI receives no government funding, no reimbursement from insurance companies and no payment from patients.  We are not a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHCs receive state and federal funding to operate).

BVMI, and other free and charitable clinics, rely on the generosity of individual donors, foundations and grants as funding sources.  Without our donors, we would not exist.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is just a first step to providing coverage to more people in our country, it is NOT a:

  • Universal health care system
  • A Public Option system
  • A Single Payer system
  • A Medicare For All system

BVMI, and other Free and Charitable Clinics, will remain an important part of the country’s safety net, even after full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.