Health Foundation Support Expands Care for Uninsured

Health Foundation Support Expands Care for Uninsured

The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) announces the award of $672,887 in grant funding to three health care systems to expand access to quality health care for people who are uninsured. Awardees for the Access to Quality Care program include Franklin Memorial Hospital, MaineHealth CarePartners (Knox County), and Penobscot Community Health Care.

“People without health insurance face significant challenges in accessing health care services to maintain their health,” said Dr. Wendy Wolf, MeHAF’s President and CEO. “We want everyone in Maine to be able to have an ongoing relationship with a trusted doctor or other primary care provider. This kind of relationship supports better communication between provider and patient and more robust coordination of specialty care, including behavioral health services and other care. Our goal with the Access to Quality Care program is to ensure that people who are uninsured experience better, more coordinated care that can result in better health outcomes.”
The three awardees have developed specific strategies to meet the health care needs of people who are uninsured. Franklin Memorial Hospital will use a Community Resource Coordinator to coordinate transitions of care for people without insurance, linking them to primary care providers and to other services in Franklin County.

MaineHealth will implement its nationally-recognized CarePartners program in Knox County to expand access to care. CarePartners works with local health care providers, social services agencies and local governments to meet the needs of people who are uninsured for health care, food, housing, and transportation. The project will also expand access to behavioral health services through improved referral and coordination with three local behavioral health organizations and by training new staff.

Penobscot Community Health Care will coordinate care for persons with chronic pain or opiate addiction by linking patients to high quality primary care and collaborative care management teams. They will also train health care providers on better chronic pain management by creating a pain management toolkit and by coaching providers on revised prescribing protocols and alternative pain therapies to avoid the use of opiates.

Previously awarded Access to Quality Care implementation grantees include Mercy Hospital and MaineHealth (for CarePartners in York County).

Local Access to Quality Care 2015 Grant Contacts:

Franklin Memorial Hospital:
Tracy Harty, Senior Program Manager/Nurse Navigator; 207-779-2830;  

MaineHealth CarePartners:
Carol Zechman, Director, Access to Care Programs; 207-662-7960;

Penobscot Community Health Care:
Larry Clifford, Director, Planning & Development; 207-992-9200 ext. 1582;; or    
Dr. Noah Nesin, Chief Medical Officer; 207-992-9200 ext. 1691;


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