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City Council steps up for Project Access

Praise is due the Wichita City Council for finding $25,000 in supplemental funding for Project Access, the physician-led local partnership that has provided donated care, prescription drugs and medical equipment to more than 12,500 poor and low-income residents since 1999. The council voted unanimously Tuesday to devote some money from proceeds of a property sale to Project Access, which had seen its city funding for 2015 reduced by $25,000 because of cuts in federal grants. In January the Sedgwick County Commission also reduced Project Access’ anticipated county funding by $34,000, after commissioners questioned the use of tax money for charity. The city’s action should help ensure that Project Access’ crucial service to the uninsured remains strong. – Rhonda Holman