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Activists to host MLK Day ‘Health & Resource Clinic’

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A coalition of anti-poverty activists will host a “People’s Health & Resource Clinic” this coming Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The free clinic will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at Community Mennonite Church, 328 W. Orange St., Lancaster.

It will feature food, family-friendly activities, blood pressure and glucose screenings and assistance in registering for state benefits. The LGBTQ+ nonprofit Lititz Chooses Love will have information on its food pantry and gender-affirming clothing bank.

The event is being put on by the South Central Healthcare Rights Committee of Put People First! PA in partnership with the National Union of the Homeless and other allies. It is part of the National Union of the Homeless’ Winter Offensive, a nationwide organizing drive.

Organizers will speak about 2023’s impending Medicaid cutoffs and outline their plans to fight against them.

As CBS News reports, the spending bill passed by Congress in December allows Medicaid to reinstate eligibility requirements that it had waived during the coronavirus pandemic. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that up to 18 million people will lose coverage beginning in April, or about 20% of all Medicaid enrollees.