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MADISON (WKOW) -- On Monday, we aired an investigation into the state's BadgerCare dental health coverage plan.  Many patients say they can't find any dentists who'll accept their coverage. (Click here.)

We received numerous calls from patients telling us about the non-profit Access Community Health clinic.

Access Community Health accepts all patients regardless of insurance, income level or ability to pay.

"I'm so lucky and so is he," said Margaret Rubio, talking about her soon-to-be 4-year-old son, Joseph.  "I like coming here because they don't treat you like a number."

Access Community Health treats 8,400 patients, most of whom are low-income and on state medical assistance.

The clinic's CEO, George Barton, says he and his staff are deeply committed to helping people in need find medical care.

The doors might be open, but they're hard to squeeze through.

The clinic only books appointments four weeks in advance, and they're usually 100% full.

About 800 families get turned down a week, even though the clinic sees a few dozen new patients.

"It's a difficult conversation to have," said Barton. "We're looking to expand services. We've seen the need. We know access has to be part of the solution."

Access Community Health plans to build a new clinic in Sun Prairie, which will eventually treat 9,000 new patients.





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