Mr. KING. Mr. President, I wish to commend the Biddeford Free Clinic for its 20 years of service to the people of York County, ME. Biddeford Free Clinic relies on a team of dedicated volunteers and community partners to provide free medical care and nonnarcotic prescription medication to the uninsured population.
When Dr. Francis Kleeman, along with his wife Alphine and several other volunteers, started the Biddeford Free Clinic, it was the first free medical clinic in the northeast. Over the past 20 years they have treated over 12,000 patients, had over 75,000 referrals, and over 15,000 medical visits. Every year they provide free medical care to 700 people in the York County community and they are still the only free clinic in Maine with a licensed pharmacy.
Given the exorbitant rise in the cost of health care in recent years having a great organization in Southern Maine providing medical care is a tremendous service to the community. While the Affordable Care Act will significantly increase the number of Mainers with health insurance, there will always be a great need for the services the Biddeford Free Clinic provides to the uninsured.
Maine has always been a leader in providing the best health care and the Biddeford Free Clinic has been an integral part of that for the past 20 years. It is my great honor to recognize this significant milestone they have reached, and I look forward to seeing the great accomplishments they will achieve in the future.