New clinic for uninsured kids in Pontotoc County

By The Associated Press

PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) — A new clinic for uninsured children has opened in north Mississippi’s Pontotoc County.

The clinic is a partnership between a nonprofit medical treatment group and the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Catch Kids is a nonprofit organization that strives for quality health care for children who aren’t covered by health insurance. There are 15 Catch Kids clinics. They are in Chickasaw County, Lee County and the newest one in Pontotoc County.

Valerie Long, the executive director of Catch Kids, said the need for local, affordable health care has long been a serious problem in Mississippi.

Long says the clinics rely on local doctors to volunteer. Partnerships with local pharmacies provide prescription medication at no cost.