Health Care Access Program celebrates 20 years

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Dukes County’s Vineyard Health Care Access Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a community gathering on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5 to 7 pm at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. According to a press release, the gathering is open to the public.

In 1999, when the Dukes County Health Council created the program, residents of the Island were twice as likely to be uninsured as those in the rest of Massachusetts. The Access Program now helps 20 percent of Islanders to enroll in affordable insurance every year. The program also helps people who need to find a doctor or dentist, can’t afford prescription drugs, or need help with Medicare-related issues.

“This is a program that our community absolutely needs,” said one program client. “They have helped my family and so many people I know, I can’t imagine where we would be without their services.”

The event will feature refreshments, music, and an appearance by Representative Dylan Fernandes. Sponsors include Cronig’s Market and the Martha’s Vineyard Bank.

For more information about the event, including to volunteer or contribute, call 508-696-0020.