J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund Awards Grant To Jackson-Vinton Community Action For Healthcare Assistance

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Jackson-Vinton Community Action, Inc. recently received a $9,300 grant from the J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund for the Healthcare Assistance Program, to help low-income, uninsured and under-insured Jackson County residents with the purchase or payment of prescription medications, diagnostic testing, medical and dental treatment procedures, vision care, up-front costs required to see a medical specialist, testing and treatment supplies, and transportation to healthcare related appointments.

The J. Floyd Dixon Memorial Fund has given away about $590,000 in the past decade. The Dixon Fund awards grants to non-profit organizations located in Jackson County that are focused primarily on education and health issues. Award decisions are made by a board of trustees and are subject to approval of the Community Foundation, Inc. in Columbus, which provides administrative and other support to the board. The board currently consists of two Dixon family members and the following Jackson County residents: Bonny Huffman of Wellston, Stan Lewis of Oak Hill, and Richard LeGrand, Deborah Biggs, and Dr. Ted Nichting, all of Jackson.

JVCAI has been fortunate enough to receive grants from Dixon over the last several years. In order for one to qualitfy for aide they must have an income less than 200% of federal policy guidelines. The individuals who qualify are only allowed a maximum assistance of $200 a year, and this can credit to multiple purchases/payments.

With the money, JVCAI has been able to expand their aide from prescription medication to eyeglasses and specialists appointments. Further helping those who have fallen in the cracks.

Anyone needing more information about the program or to make an appointment for services should call the JVCAI Health Services office at 384-5119.