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Council Expected To Approve Nearly $5 Million For Affordable Healthcare

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Columbus city leaders are expected to approve millions of dollars in spending Monday night to give Columbus residents more access to affordable healthcare.

Tom Horan, CEO of Columbus Neighborhood Health Center, presented to Columbus City Council an annual report on why the city needs to support the neighborhood health clinics.

Anyone can use the facilities, but they're designed for low-income patients with sliding fees.

City council will vote to spend nearly $5 million to keep the Columbus Health Family

Health and wellness center open, as well as five others throughout the city.

Those who run the center said they believe it's not only one of the city's best investments, but best-kept secrets.

"This is a facility that's going to be very similar to watch around the city and the county with expanded Medicaid like being discussed in the state budget and the Governor just passed into the state budget, a lot more people will have access to healthcare," said Horan.

City officials said they believe the service will save taxpayer money.

"When people are healthy, they're able to go to work. You're able to stay out of the emergency room, and so when we provide them with care that they need to be able to have a healthy life," said Councilwoman Priscilla Tyson.

All of city council is expected to support the funding, and some council members said they believe that regular healthcare is cheaper than no healthcare in the long run.

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