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Apr 22, 2010 6:59 AM by Carina Corral

Chumash offers free medical services to the uninsured

Starting today, April 22, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is offering free basic medical, dental, and eye services to anyone in the community who does not have health insurance.

The Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic is teaming up with Army Medcom, which is a unit of the army reserves that provides services for the underserved.

Army Medcom is covering the costs for these clinics.

They are hoping to treat as many people as possible.


"We are proud to partner in such a wonderful opportunity to provide medical and dental care at no cost to our community," said Jess Montoya, Executive Director of the Tribal Health Clinic.

The free medical sessions are available by appointment, and are scheduled from Thursday, 4/22 - Thursday, 5/6, then again from Friday, 6/4 - Wednesday, 6/16.

Typically the clinics will be scheduled Monday - Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Special eye clinics at Shepard Eye Center in Santa Maria will take place on Saturday, 5/1 and Saturday, 6/12. The Santa Maria Valley Lions Club will also be on hand at these eye clinics to help those who qualify obtain free eyeglasses.

For more information and to make an appointment for any of these services, contact the Tribal Health Clinic at (805) 688-7070.

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