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Access to Care
Access to Care® is a model primary health care program serving low-income uninsured individuals in suburban Cook County, Illinois and in northwest Chicago (west of Pulaski Road AND north of North Avenue).
The Access to Care program is a unique public/private partnership making primary health care and the ancillary pharmacy, laboratory and radiology services available to those individuals caught in the gap between eligibility for public health insurance programs (All Kids, FamilyCare, Medicaid, Medicare) and having private insurance. The program provides affordable diagnosis and treatment to individuals and families for a small co-payment per visit, procedure or prescription medication.
Eligibility screening is determined by the following criteria: family incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level, with no health insurance (or a deductible of $500 or more per person); ineligible for All Kids, FamilyCare, Medicaid, or Medicare, and residence in suburban Cook County or northwest Chicago. Must be a US Citizen or legal resident and under age 65.
For Current Patients
Lab and Radiology Services. All Access to Care patients recieve "Your Guide" to Access to Care. If you require lab test or x-rays, you must go to one of the locations listed in the Guide. If you go to locations other than those listed, you will be responsible for payment.
If you have a question about a particular test, please call the Access to Care administrative office at 708-531-0680 BEFORE having the test completed. That way you know if that test is a covered procedure by Access to Care.
Also consult the flyer listing services not covered by Access to Care.
Attention NEW Applicants
Processing time for NEW applications is 10 – 12 weeks. New applications received in January and February of 2013 will receive their ID card and materials for membership in Access to Care in April. Processing time can vary, but the average time is 10 -12 weeks before a new applicant will be enrolled in Access to Care.
City of Berwyn and Village of Skokie Funding
Access to Care is excited to announce that the City of Berwyn has granted $6,000 to Access to Care to provide services to its residents.
The program is also happy to announce that the Village of Skokie has granted 3,500 to Access to Care for its residents.
Thank you to both these municipalities.
Ravenswood Health Care Foundation
Ravenswood Health Care Foundation grants $17,925 to Access to Care
This funding will allow 26 more residents of Northwest Chicago to receive primary health care sevices. Access to Care is a charitable program that provides a delivery system for primary health care to the medically indigent of Northwest Chicago and Suburban Cook County. This vital health program is designed for low income, uninsured residents of suburban Cook County. The program partners with local doctors to provide primary care services to patients in their local neighborhoods.
“We thank Ravenswood Health Care Foundation for recognizing the importance of affordable primary health care,” said President Victoria Bigelow. This grant will be used specifically for residents of Northwest Chicago (North of North Avenue AND West of Pulaski Road).
In order to be eligible for Access to Care, an individual must provide proof of address and proof of income. Eligibility guidelines are 1) live in Northwest Chicago or suburban Cook County and 2) family income below 200% of the federal poverty level. The individual must have no health insurance (or a per person deductible of $500 or more) and be ineligible for Medicaid or Medicare. Other qualifications are: proof of US Citizenship or Legal Residency and be under the age of 65
Niles Township Funding
Niles Township provides Grant to Access to Care
Niles Township grants $13,000 Access to Care. Access to Care is a charitable program that provides a delivery system for primary health care to the medically indigent of suburban Cook County. This vital health program is designed for low income, uninsured residents of suburban Cook County. The program partners with local doctors to provide primary care services to patients in their local neighborhoods.
“We thank Niles Township for recognizing the importance of affordable primary health care,” said President Victoria Bigelow. This grant will be used specifically for residents of Niles Township.
In order to be eligible for Access to Care, an individual must provide proof of address and proof of income. Eligibility guidelines are 1) live in suburban Cook County and 2) family income below 200% of the federal poverty level. The individual must have no health insurance (or a per person deductible of $500 or more) and be ineligible for Medicaid or Medicare. Other qualifications are: proof of US Citizenship or Legal Residency and be under the age of 65.
Access to Care provides the opportunity for low-income suburbanites to see a local primary care doctor in the physician’s private office for a $5 fee. Other services include: prescription medication for $15 (generic), $30 (preferred-brand name), or $40 (non-preferred brand name) and basic lab and x-ray services for $5. Patients develop a relationship with their Access to Care doctor and report increased peace of mind.
Enrollments are accepted at many local offices. An individual or family may register at many south suburban Township Offices as well as CEDA and Cook County Department of Public Health offices in the south suburban Cook County area. To determine eligibility and an office located near you call 708-531-0680.
This program serves the people of suburban Cook County who fall in the ever widening gap between eligibility for public insurance programs and those individuals who are privately insured. Many part-time employees, students, unemployed, low wage earners and individuals not offered health insurance by their employer are eligible for Access to Care.
Funded by both public and private sources, the program receives its primary source of funding from the Cook County Health and Hospitals System. Townships and municipalities as well as private foundations, corporations, service organizations and individual donors also fund access to Care. The Access to Care physicians annually donate services worth an estimated $2 million.
There are an estimated 760,000 people in Cook County living every day without the benefit of health insurance. Access to Care® can help provide affordable primary health care services for low-income, uninsured individuals living in suburban Cook County or northwest Chicago.
Access to Care provides its patients: Doctor’s visits for $5, Lab and X-ray for $5 per specimen or x-ray, prescription medication for $10 (generic), $20 (preferred brand) and $30 (non-preferred brand). You will be assigned to a local participating physician based upon availability. There is a $20 per person annual enrollment fee.
Access to Care has approximately 700 participating physicians throughout Cook County. Lab and x-ray services are also available locally. Radiology is available at several local hospitals. Lab tests can be obtained at local drawing facilities or through courier services that pick up the lab specimen from your doctor’s office. All tests and prescriptions must be written by your Access to Care physician.
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As a physician you recognize the importance of primary health care for good health and well-being. You are well aware there are many people without health insurance who cannot afford even basic health services.
The Suburban Primary Health Care Council’s Access to Care® program is a unique primary health care program that delivers primary medical services for low income, uninsured individuals, who are ineligible for public programs, such as AllKids, Family Care, Medicaid or Medicare and do not have benefits from their employer and cannot afford to purchase insurance.
Access to Care provides a way for physicians to express a charitable impulse in an organized manner and to receive a nominal reimbursement to help cover costs. In additions, the program separately covers the costs of laboratory, radiology and pharmacy services. Patients make a small co-payment to the providers for each service.
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Access to Care thanks those people who have selflessly donated their time to ensure that the program continues to provide services for medically indigent individuals. The program always needs volunteers to serve on the Benefit Committee, the Marketing Committee, and the Development Committee.
Volunteers are also needed to staff the Access to Care booth at various health fairs and to distribute flyers in their neighborhood.
One of the most important ways to volunteer for Access to Care is to lend your voice as a spokesperson for the program. Tell your friends, neighbors and business contacts about the benefits of the Access to Care program.
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