Challenges await local clinic as "ObamaCare" changes take effect

By Marshanna Hester

August 16, 2013 Updated Aug 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Heartland Community Health Clinic in Peoria serves more than 12,000 patients each year. About one-third of them are uninsured.

Officials expect more to seek services at their facility in the coming years.

An open house was held Thursday as a part of National Health Care Week.

Patients receive primary care, case management support and pharmacy assistance

However, Heartland Clinic CEO Farrell Davies said maintaining that high quality care will not be easy under the Affordable Care Act.

"The shortage of primary health care providers, of doctors, is increasingly stressful for all of us," she said. "A lot of competition nationally for physicians so that is our biggest problem actually, is getting access to primary care providers."

State Senator Dave Koehler received the clinic's Congressman Ray LaHood Health Care Champion award.

He believes there needs to be an incentive for young people to go into primary health care to address the shortage.

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