Pinehurst medical clinics, weight loss clinics facing closure
PINEHURST, N.Y. (AP) Weight loss clinics in New York and New Jersey are facing closure amid a new federal law requiring that they offer medical care without insurance, and patients will pay more to visit and have access to services.
A law that went into effect in July requires that health insurers cover patients who want to lose weight, and the federal government has warned that a “significant” portion of those insurance policies could be canceled.
The Pinehurst Clinic, a weight loss clinic in Pinehurst, New York, has been open since the 1970s.
It offers free weight loss counseling and consultations.
Patients pay a $200 annual fee, which is waived for those who don’t need medical care.
Patients who need medical attention at the clinic can get it from a nurse practitioner or an internist.
The nurse practitioner is not required to be a licensed health care provider.
The interns who work with the patients can be licensed health professionals.
The patients can also visit the clinic and pay a fee of $50 to visit the doctor.
The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on weekends from 9 a., 5 p. and 5 p