Program Will Bring Free Health Care to Alabama's Black Belt


By CBS 8 News

Low income residents of three areas in Alabama's economically depressed Black Belt region will receive free medical care, dental exams and vision screenings over the next two weeks thanks to military Reservists and National Guard members from across the country.


Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, military officials and local government representatives kicked off the exercise Monday in a news conference at city hall in Hayneville. The care is also being provided in Demopolis and Selma.


The Delta Regional Authority is bringing the military medical personnel to Alabama's Black Belt. DRC co-chairman Chris Masingill said the purpose is to provide quality training for soldiers and medical care to poor communities.


Hayneville Mayor Helenor Bell said the care is needed because many residents don't have medical insurance.

Clinic Locations: Open May 1st-May 10th; 8:00am-7:00pm

Demopolis - New Cap Factory Building; 918 South Cedar Avenue

Hayneville - Town Hall; 241 W Tuskeena Street

Selma - Police Substation near Riverfront


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