HealthAccess is a way for you to help provide efficient care for the low-income, uninsured more effectively than any other entity could provide alone.The program designed to provide comprehensive healthcare services including physician care, hospital care, and medication assistance.Although many residents of Topeka and Shawnee County have health insurance and reliable access to medical care, over 10,000 Shawnee County residents do not. Often, those without health insurance work in one or more low-wage jobs without health benefits, earning too much to qualify for programs like Medicaid, but not enough to afford health insurance and still meet other essential needs such as food, clothing, and housing.
Patients must live in Shawnee County, not have insurance or qualify for benefit programs like Medicare of Medicaid, and have a total family income below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Every six months, patients must re-enroll in HealthAccess and provide proof of income to remain qualified. Referrals can be made from the emergency room, case management, social workers, local agencies, or they can self-refer and submit an application at any time.
By helping these patients find a medical home, they stay out of the emergency room, and are able to continue to work, which leads to a healthy workforce and ultimately, a health community.HealthAccess is an opportunity for doctors, hospitals, local government, and community agencies to help existing low-income clinics provide coordinated, efficient care for the low-income uninsured more effectively than any single entity could provide alone.