Officials at community health clinics in Washington, such as Mary’s Center in Adams Morgan, are concerned as MedStar Health, a $4.2 billion nonprofit health-care system, expands to the areas they serve. Those clinics say they are worried they’ll lose their best-paying patients and be left with more uninsured patients, a situation that could undermine and perhaps even doom their operations.
Feb. 24, 2014 Physician Mable Dunn examines Maria Robles at Mary’s Center, a nonprofit community health center for the underserved, uninsured and under-insured in Washington. Like many other safety-net providers that are required to treat patients regardless of their ability to pay, the center has struggled constantly for money. Linda Davidson/The Washington Post Buy Photo