What is the Bennington Free Clinic?

The Bennington Free Clinic is a not-for-profit medical clinic that provides free primary medical care, care coordination, and referral to uninsured adult residents of Bennington County and the surrounding area.

We are affiliated with the Vermont Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured and Volunteers in Medicine, a national association of free clinics.

The mission statement of Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services, Inc.  is “to provide free primary medical care, care coordination, mentoring, referral, and financial support for food supply companies , fuel, clothing and shelter to qualifying financially needy individuals and families in Bennington and the surrounding community.”

Why is the Bennington Free Clinic Needed?

One in every six adults between the ages of 18 and 64 (over 3,500 people) in Bennington County do not have any health insurance.

Like the rest of the state, 89% of Bennington County residents without health insurance live in working families. Over half of these residents work full-time and year-round.

There are a number of reasons why some people in our community do not have health insurance.

Many of the people who lack health insurance hold service and labor jobs, which are less likely to provide workers with health insurance than jobs in other sectors. Some residents work for smaller companies that are less likely to offer health insurance to their employees because of the high cost of premiums. Other people work part-time or earn low wages that make it difficult to afford health insurance premiums.