A non-profit agency that helps low-income people get health care and providers get paid is getting a financial boost.
CEO Judith Warren says Health Care Access Now will use a $600,000 grant from the Deaconess Associations Foundation to add staff and expand services. "We're looking to serve an additional 4,500 people," says Warren. The agency currently serves about 1,800 people per year.
Many hear the word “hospice” and picture a place where people go to die. But hospice is not a place, it’s a philosophy of caring for terminally ill patients with compassion, support and symptom management, so they may face the end of life with dignity, and in as much comfort as possible.
Like the rest of the country, Ohio and Kentucky are rolling out their health exchange programs as part of the Affordable Care Act.
Ohio is going with the federal program while Kentucky is running its own marketplace.
Natalie Gordon of Elsmere is excited about the new program. She has ventricular septal defect (VSD), a heart condition that requires regular cardiologist visits. Despite having a job, Gordon says she's either been unable to afford health insurance in the past or has been turned down because of her condition.