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Gateway To Better Health

Angela Brown is acting CEO of the Regional Health Commission, which administers the Gateway To Better Health program for uninsured people in the St. Louis region.
Sarah Fentem | St. Louis Public Radio

Gateway to Better Health, a health care program for poor and uninsured people in St. Louis, will soon cover treatment for people addicted to opioids and other substances, its leaders announced Tuesday.

Gateway to Better Health is a state-sponsored program that provides health care to nearly 20,000 St. Louis and St. Louis County residents who often can’t afford health insurance but don’t qualify for the state’s Medicaid program. It provides primary, specialty and urgent care at the region’s five federally qualified health centers and at St. Louis County-run health clinics.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 17, 2012 - Like many other independent contractors, Doug Mitchell and Susan Gottschall say they earn enough to pay their bills but not enough to afford health insurance. But their access to affordable medical care may be about to change.

Over the weekend they heard about a new program through which some local health centers will allow certain uninsured St. Louis and St. Louis County residents to get access to health services at unbelievably inexpensive rates — ranging from 50 cents to $3 for doctor visits, dental visits and generic prescription drugs.