Health agency reverses policy on registration of elderly

October 02, 1990

The Health Care Financing Administration has decided to allow new patients to register at Baltimore community health centers for senior citizens.

Congress last year extended the Municipal Health Services Program for four more years. In issuing the new contracts for the centers, however, HCFA had tried to prevent them from accepting new patients as of today.

But that policy was reversed following a meeting between U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-3rd, and Gail Wilensky, head of HCFA.

"This is an important reversal," Cardin said. "Baltimore seniors who need these health services won't be denied care."

About 30,000 elderly people receive free medical care at the centers. They are the Albert Witzke Medical Center, Brehms Lane Medical Center, Hollander Ridge Health Center and the Washington Village Community Medical Center.

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