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Mississippi Works to Restructure Health Care Services

Residents of Moss Point, Miss. have just a small clinic to cater to their medical needs after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the area last year.

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  • TOM BEARDEN, NewsHour Correspondent:

    For the uninsured, finding health care is a challenge anywhere in the country. It's an even bigger challenge in rural Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

    In the little town of Moss Point, on the eastern edge of the hurricane's damage footprint, the only viable option is a small clinic temporarily operating in a converted classroom in the back of a public school.

  • NURSE:

    Costal Family Health Center, Janice speaking. May I help you, please?


    It's run by Coastal Family Health Care, a non-profit that specializes in treating people who don't have health insurance or who rely on Medicare and Medicaid. It's crowded and cramped, but Regina Johnson says it's a godsend, because she has to refill her prescriptions often.

  • REGINA JOHNSON, Patient:

    My sister told me that they had reopened, so I immediately started coming back here. I was saved. I mean, like I said, they're good people.


    And it's affordable care?


    Oh, yes, very affordable, very affordable. They ask you what you can afford to pay at the time of your visit. You know, they don't just — I was going to a doctor where, if I didn't have the money to pay for my visit, I didn't get my medication, so that's why I started coming here.