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MERIDIAN -- Meridian children who become ill at school have a new, affordable, more convenient place for medical care.

This clinic is located on First Street near Meridian Elementary School.

It's the first school-based clinic in the state of Idaho.

A ribbon-cutting and open house took place during the noon hour Friday.

The Meridian School District has teamed up with Family Medicine Residency of Idaho to provide medical, mental health and dental services -- right next to a school where many of the children and their families don't have other ways to access those kinds of services.

And families who need help with the cost will get that help.

That can be from anything up to 100 percent of the bill. We'll also take insurance as well, as well as Medicaid, said Ted Epperly, President and CEO, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho.

The schools have been very positive. They can see an immediate attention to the needs, which makes it -- pays a big dividend for keeping kids in school, in class, said Superintendent Linda Clark.

Donations have funded the entire clinic project.

Epperly says the clinic began operating at the beginning of the month and has served about 150 children so far.

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