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Health Access awarded $28,000 of NIP Tax Credits just in time for year-end donations.

Page1Health Access is happy to announce that we have been awarded $28,000 of NIP credits through the West Virginia Neighborhood Investment Program

Over the past few years Health Access has been a proud participant in the Neighborhood Investment Program and we’re excited to have the opportunity to participate once again. The West Virginia Neighborhood Investment Program helps support nonprofit charitable organizations by providing tax credits as an incentive to stimulate and increase donations from the community to qualifying 501 (C)3 nonprofit organizations. Tax credits help to reduce the amount of taxes a donor pays by offsetting the actual taxes owed in contrast to deductions which merely reduce the donor’s taxable income. Generally, a tax credit is worth substantially more than a tax donation.

You can receive a WV Tax Credit equal to HALF of your gift of $500 or more. 

That means as a donor you can double your gift without incurring any additional cost. These credits directly reduce the amount of your WV taxes and are available to both individuals and businesses in West Virginia. Since we have a limited amount of credits to use, they will be distributed on a first-come basis to qualifying donations.

Here is an example of how an NIP credit works. 

Donation to Health Access: $500     $1000      $1500      $2000

Amount of NIP Credit:         $250     $500        $750         $1000

If you have questions, please contact Jim Harris by phone at (304) 622-2708 or email at

Thank you for your considered support of Health Access Free and Charitable Clinic.

Flu is preventable and so is Colon Cancer. Get screened for both at our upcoming FLU and FIT Clinics.

FLU FIT CLINIC 2015-2016
Flu is preventable and so is Colon Cancer! For the second year in a row,  Health Access will be combining its seasonal flu clinic with an opportunity to also have a free colorectal cancer screening test. The home stool test also known as a Fecal Immunochemical Test or FIT test is easy to do and requires only two stool samples with no changes to medications or diet. The test works by detecting the minutest traces of blood in the stool that might not otherwise be visible to the naked eye. Detecting blood in the stool is critical for early detection of cancer which can lead to a quicker diagnosis and a better outcome.

As was the case with one of our patients last year, it might just save your life.

Flu shots will be available to any uninsured, Health Access patient. While the colorectal cancer screening will only be offered to any patient who is:

  • Uninsured or Underinsured (Medicaid)
  • Has not had a colonoscopy in the past 10 years
  • Has not had a FIT/FOBT test this year

Just like the FLU colon cancer is PREVENTABLETREATABLE, and BEATABLE when found EARLY! Call the clinic today and get scheduled for your FLU Shot and FIT test! You can also fill out the form below and someone from our clinic will contact you.

Interim Healthcare Donates $1800 Towards New iPads for Health Access Docs

Interim Donation

[Pictured Above: Jessica Morris, Branch Supervisor for Interim Healthcare and James Harris, Executive Director of Health Access, Inc]

Modern medicine creates mountains of data and Health Access is now in a better position to use that data thanks to an $1800 donation by Interim Healthcare that will put two new iPads in the hands of doctors who treat low income uninsured and under-insured adults at Health Access.

In recent years iPads have become quite invaluable tools in the medical field as they help doctors take that mountain of data and use it more efficiently and less intrusively to care for the patients they see. Some of the benefits of using iPads over laptops or more stationary PCs include:

  • Up to Date Medical Apps and Educational Resources
  • Better Communication Between Patients and Providers
  • Faster Access to Electronic Medical Records
  • Better Diagnostic Tools
  • Better Patient Experience with Less Distractions
  • Increased Portability

Thanks again to Jessica Morris and all of the wonderful folks at Interim Healthcare who helped put this life saving technology in the hands of our providers.

It’s Time To Make YOU A Priority This Fall!

It’s time to make YOU a priority this Fall by taking part in one of our upcoming priority health screenings. The first screening will be our Free Mammogram Screening offered through our partnership with the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and Bonnie’s Bus. The screening will be held at the First United Methodist Church on the corner of 2nd Street and Pike in Clarksburg on October 20th from 9a-5pNO WOMAN OVER THE AGE OF 40 WILL BE TURNED AWAY!

The second screening will be our Free Eye Screening offered by the WVU Eye Institute and made possible by a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The eye screening will be held at Health Access on October 29th and 30th from 9a-3p. Glassess will also be available for a small copay ($10-$30) based on a sliding scale according to your income.

For more information about either of theses screenings or to make your appointments, please call Health Access at (304) 622-2708 today and make you a priority this Fall!

Priority Screenings

Priority Screenings 15

Doddridge County Commission Awards $10,000 in Funding to Health Access



This morning Health Access was presented with a check in the amount of $10,000 from Doddridge County Commissioners Ronnie L. Travis, Gregory L. Robinson, and Ralph Sandora.  This money will be used to continue our mission to bring comprehensive primary medical care and prescription medications to the uninsured and under-insured adult residents in Harrison and Doddridge Counties.

Health Access is proud to serve Doddridge County and thankful to have the support of its residents and the county commission.

You Shop. Amazon Gives. It’s that simple.

Amazon SmileHealth Access is happy to announce that it has joined the Amazon Smile program. This means that now every time you visit Amazon through the link on our website, a small portion of your purchase (0.5%) is donated by Amazon to our free clinic.

Small donations like this can really add up and make a difference by helping us afford much needed supplies like prescription bottles, labels, medications, bandages, gauze, temp covers, and  much more.

So the next time you shop Amazon, please consider helping Health Access by using Amazon smile through our link on the right of this page.


Health Access, like other free clinics, sees cut from state

Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015 12:00 am

CLARKSBURG — Despite continued budget cuts from the state, free clinics like Health Access in Clarksburg are as importantDr Mohammed Omar as ever.

That’s according to Health Access Director Jim Harris, who said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the Legislature cut the line item that funds the state’s free clinics by 32.7 percent for the upcoming budget year. This comes after free clinics faced 7.5 percent cuts the previous two fiscal years, Harris said.

Read more on The Clarksburg Exponent Telegram’s website.




Health Access Welcomes Medicaid Patients

Health Access now accepts Medicaid.

Health Access now accepts Medicaid.

As a result of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, many formerly uninsured patients are now finding themselves with a medical card. Unfortunately what many are discovering is that having an insurance card in your pocket does not necessarily mean that you have access to medical care.

wpid-screenshot_2014-04-09-13-27-50-1According to an article last year in Forbes magazine, less than half of all doctors are accepting patients who are insured by Medicaid programs for the poor and that number continues to drop each year.Those that are taking Medicaid often times have wait lists of more than three months and some providers even have screening processes in place to “cherry-pick” the patients they want leaving complex cases and the most vulnerable without care.  Especially troubling in our area is the extreme shortage in primary care physicians that existed even before the Medicaid expansion, which has led to many practices fielding somewhere between 25-50 new patient calls a day- most of whom are Medicaid patients trying desperately to find a primary care physician.

To help meet this growing need, the Health Access Board of Directors decided late last year to accept Medicaid and open the doors of the clinic to these newly insured Medicaid patients who can’t find a provider. From the beginning our mission has been clear- to provide access to comprehensive medical care to those without it regardless of whether or not they have an insurance card in their pocket. Traditionally that has been the uninsured, but now it has become the plight of underinsured with an insurance card in their pocket but no guarantee of care and with many of the safety net programs out of reach because they are “insured.”

If you or someone you know is in a position of having a medical card but no access to medical care, please give us a call. We can connect you to a primary care physician who can see you through this transition and help to coordinate your care.

For more information contact the clinic at 304.622.2708.


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Health Access Updated Notice of Privacy Practices

Dear Health Access Patient,

Since our clinic’s founding in 1992, we have labored to be an advocate for our uninsured and under-insured friends and neighbors by providing access to comprehensive primary medical care as well as prescription medication and hospital services through our collaboration with United Hospital Center. In our efforts to provide care, it is often times necessary that we collect pertinent medical information from you. We want you to know that maintaining the confidentiality of that information is our highest priority.

The United States Government created rules for the use and protection of medical and health information by hospitals, clinics, and other medical practices. The rules are the result of the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). They are meant to provide all patients in the United States with standard privacy protections. One rule requires all hospitals and clinics to provide patients with a Notice of Privacy Practices to explain how patient medical information is used. The same rule requires hospitals and clinics to keep records showing that patients have received the notice.

We are happy to provide you with this copy of Health Access Incorporated’s Notice of Privacy Practices. We hope it will answer any questions you may have about how patient medical information is used here.

If you have questions about anything contained in this notice, please feel free to contact:

James A. Harris, Executive Director |

Joshua Brown, Practice Manager |

Thank you for your continued trust and support of Health Access.

Health Access Notice of Privacy Practices