1st Choice Healthcare (1st Choice Healthcare) was awarded a grant to expand services into the Sharp County Area. 1st Choice Healthcare, a community health center, works to improve access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services. Community health centers play an especially important role in delivering health care services in communities with historically high uninsurance rates. Community health centers are also on the front line of helping uninsured residents enroll in new health insurance options available in the Health Insurance Marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, through expanded access to Medicaid in many states, and new private health insurance options and tax credits.
The U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $150 million in awards under the Affordable Care Act to support 236 new health center sites across the country. These investments will help care for approximately 1.25 million additional patients.
“We are committed to providing more people across the country with the quality patient-centered care they deserve,” said Secretary Sebelius. “Health centers are key partners in the improving access to quality, affordable health care services for those who need it most. With new, affordable health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, community health centers are also key partners in helping uninsured residents sign up for health coverage – many of whom have been locked out of the health insurance market for years.”
As community-based and patient-directed organizations, health centers are well positioned to be responsive to the specific health care needs of their community. Through the Affordable Care Act’s commitment to expanding access to high quality health care for all Americans, these grants will support the establishment of new full-time service delivery sites.
Health centers also link individuals to care through outreach and enrollment, assuring that individuals in their communities have the information and assistance they need to enroll in care through the Health Insurance Marketplace Today, approximately 1,200 health centers operate more than 9,000 service delivery sites that provide care to over 21 million patients in every State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. Since the beginning of 2009, health centers have added 4 million patients and more than 35,000 new full-time positions.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide additional Affordable Care Act resources to health centers to establish new sites,” said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. “With these new funds, health centers will provide more individuals and families across the country with access to high quality affordable health care.”
1st Choice Healthcare currently has three locations: Family Medical Center in Corning, Pocahontas Family Medical Center in Pocahontas, and Community Healthcare Center in Walnut Ridge.
It’s no secret that too many Arkansans have been left out of affordable health insurance. Many couldn’t afford the expensive premiums, and some couldn’t get coverage at all.
Quality health insurance is now easy to purchase and affordable for all Arkansans – this includes you, your family, and your loved ones.
Everyone who …
· Lives in the U.S.
· Is lawfully present in the U.S.
· And is not incarcerated due to a conviction
Your monthly insurance payment depends mostly on your yearly income and how many people are in your household. There’s sure to be a plan that fits your budget.
You may qualify for Advanced Premium Tax Credits, a new type of financial assistance that could lower your monthly insurance payments. Again, the amount of financial assistance you get depends on your annual income and the number of people in your household.
Check out the Cost Estimator at ARHealthConnector.org to get an estimate of how much health insurance might cost you.
Each plan offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace is approved by the Arkansas Insurance Department. By law, every plan must cover services included in the 10 Essential Health Benefits:
· Outpatient Services
· Emergency services (emergency room visits)
· Maternity and newborn care
· Mental health and substance use services, including treatment
· Prescription drugs
· Rehabilitative and habilitative services
· Laboratory services
· Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
· Pediatric services, including dental and vision care
Beginning January 1, 2014, no one can be denied health insurance benefits or be charged more for them because of a pre-existing condition. It’s already law that:
· Lifetime limits can’t be placed on health benefits
· Preventive services – such as annual wellness checks, immunizations, mammograms, and colonoscopies – are available at no cost to you
· Children can stay on their parent’s health insurance until age 26
Beginning in 2014, you will have to pay a penalty if you don’t have health insurance. But now that affordable, quality health insurance options will be available to everyone, there’s no reason not to have coverage.
Enrollment begins October 1, 2013, and continues through March 31, 2014. Some Arkansans will be able to enroll after March 31.
You can enroll online, by phone, by mail, or with the help of a licensed guide, agent, broker, navigator or certified application counselor in your area. Find a list of licensed guides, agents, brokers, navigators and certified application counselors across the state at www.ARHealthConnector.org.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Arkansas Affiliate handed out 20 grants totaling over $1.1 million to Arkansas organizations. 1st Choice Healthcare was awarded a grant for $31,775.
This year marks the
19th for the Komen organization to award grants to programs around the state who are working in the fight against breast cancer. These funds are predominantly raised through the Race for the Cure® chaired in 2012 by Kristi Moody. Also introduced was the 2013 Race for the Cure ® chair, Mike Gavigan.
A total of $1,104,947 was granted. “We are delighted by the a mount we were able to issue in grants this year,” said Arkansas Affiliate Executive Director Sherrye McBryde. “It is directly due to the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of our supporters. The recipients of these funds were chosen because they reflect the commitment of the Arkansas Affiliate to assure the uninsured and under-served women of Arkansas get the vital breast health services they need. Additionally, $427,000 has been used for breast cancer research to help find the cure.”
The Komen Arkansas Affiliate first awarded grants totaling $78,700 in 1994. This year the largest grant totaled $145,350 and the smallest was $4,725.
“We are so pleased to be able to raise almost 1.2 million dollars that will have a direct impact on the women and men of Arkansas fighting breast cancer,” says Komen Arkansas Board Chair Ellen Kreth. “Whether they fight for someone they love, or fight for themselves, or for their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, or children, we join them in their efforts to eradicate this disease. We worked hard to earn this money and we are so proud to distribute to such trustworthy, valuable, impactful programs. Our fight continues until a cure is found.”
The affiliate also awarded its highest honor, the Hickingbotham Award for Service, to Barbara Daugherty. Barbara has served on the Board of Directors for six years and served as board president in 2004. She has just been asked to return to the board for a three year term beginning in April, 2013. Barbara has served on various committees and continues to do the early mail out. She is responsible for mailing 25,000 Race t-shirts. This involved a month of everyday managing volunteers.
The Hickingbotham Award is named in honor of businessman Frank Hickingbotham and his family who were founding sponsors of the Arkansas Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
During the meeting at the Junior League of Little Rock Building, the Komen Arkansas Affiliate also inducted Alesa Garner, Mary Ann Salmon and Jason Brady into its Pink Ribbon Society.
The Pink Ribbon Society is an honorary membership based on community leadership in the area of breast health and breast health awareness and given to recognize significant contributions to the state to advance the mission of the Komen organization.
Also awarded was the Promise of One Awards. Long time volunteers Jack Powell and Angie Spencer were recipients.
The Promise of One Award, established in 2007 by Komen for the Cure national, is awarded to two local individuals each year in recognition of their exceptional volunteer contribution.
Komen for the Cure was established as the Komen Foundation in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Thanks to more than 75,000 volunteers dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, Komen for the Cure with its Affiliate Network is the world’s largest private funder of community-based breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and donors, Komen for the Cure has raised over one billion dollars for the fight against breast cancer.
1st Choice Healthcare attended the AR HEALTH + AR JOBS Coalition at the Capitol in Little Rock. These employees represented our Community Healthcare Centers located in Clay, Randolph, and Lawrence Counties. To read more about this, please visit the following website links.