Access to Care
Many hard-working, but low-income individuals and families do not receive health insurance coverage from their employers and/or cannot afford coverage themselves. As a result, they often forego vital primary care, resulting in visits to the Emergency Department for medical emergencies that could have been prevented. Providence’s Access to Care program helps with this challenge by connecting uninsured/under-insured Emergency Department patients with primary care providers that they can see after they are discharged.
Providence established the Access to Care program in 2010 to assist uninsured and underinsured patients coming through two of the emergency departments in the San Fernando Valley: Providence Holy Cross and Providence Saint Joseph. Our Community Health Workers assist Emergency Department patients with:
- applying for Medi-Cal, Covered California, and CalFresh;
- referrals to a local community clinic that can act as their primary care medical home;
- accessing community resources that improve their health; and
- follow-up appointments with a specialist.
The program partners with six area clinics in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys to provide patients with a primary medical home and, in return, the Access to Care Program offers patients access to a network of physician specialists and free mammograms and imaging services to patients who qualify.
For more information, please call 818-847-3989