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Health clinics expand into Anne Arundel

Chase Brexton Health Care announced Wednesday plans to open a health clinic in Anne Arundel County to fill the void left by the closing of People's Community Health Centers.

The Chase Brexton clinic will open Friday at 791 Aquahart Road in Glen Burnie. The clinic will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Chase Brexton, like People's, is a federally-qualified health center that can treat uninsured patients as well as those with government insurance or private insurance.

People's closed its clinics in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore at the end of June as financial problems mounted, leaving thousands of patients without health care.

Anne Arundel County suspended a $1.9 million grant for a planned clinic in Severn after learning that People's had a $463,925.62 tax lien owed to the IRS. People's officials said they had difficulty with their federal grant. And the organization also is facing a handful of lawsuits for unpaid bills and three complaints to state labor officials about wage violations.

People's was the only federally-qualified health center in Anne Arundel before it closed its clinics in Odenton and Brooklyn Park.

In addition to the expansion of Chase Brexton into Glen Burnie, Family Health Centers of Baltimore is offering transportation to its clinic at 3540 S. Hanover St. in Brooklyn, which is a couple miles from the former People's site in Brooklyn Park.

Patients seeking information on Chase Brexton's clinic in Glen Burnie can call 410-837-2050. Those seeking information about Family Health Centers in Brooklyn can call 410-354-2000.

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