Philadelphia Daily News visits RHD’s Family Practice and Counseling Network to see affects of possible ACA repeal: ‘Kill Obamacare? Might as well kill patients’
April 1, 2017
Ronnie Polaneczky, columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, visited RHD’s Family Practice & Counseling Network to see the affects of a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act:
Donna Torrisi is scared to death about Republican plans to repeal Obamacare.
Torrisi is a nurse practitioner who heads Philly-based Family Practice & Counseling Network (FPCN, for short). Through six gleaming nurse-managed health centers, FPCN provides primary healthcare for 23,000 low-income patients, most of them the working poor.
“My stomach is in knots,” says Torrisi. “I don’t know what we’ll do if we have to go back to the way it was.”
Neither do her patients.
Ervin Perkins, Elise Cannon and Debra Shanks are three of them. They were all uninsured until they enrolled in Obamacare and now receive care at FPCN’s big, cheerful East Falls campus …
The Family Practice & Counseling Network is a network of health centers providing primary care, behavioral health education, prenatal care, family planning services, dental care, community outreach, and advocacy. The nurse-managed centers are primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve public housing residents and surrounding communities. Primary care Certified Nurse Practitioners and licensed behavioral health professionals provide high quality care aimed at improving the health status of the underserved, uninsured and vulnerable people.