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Health System–Community Partnership Expands Access to Insurance Coverage, Outpatient Care, Health Education, and Social Support in Low-Income, Minority Communities 11/05/14

A health system–community partnership offers resident-initiated programs that expand access to insurance coverage, outpatient care, health education, social support, healthy foods, and opportunities for physical activity for inner-city, low-income minorities.

Regional Commission Made Up of Diverse Stakeholders Enhances Access to Coverage and Services for Low-Income Residents, Reducing Readmissions and Emergency Department Visits 11/04/14

A regional health commission made up of a diverse group of stakeholders promotes various activities and policies to support the safety-net health system, enhancing access to coverage, medical and dental care, and medical homes, and reducing readmissions and inappropriate use of the emergency department.

Integration of Behavioral Health Team and Consulting Psychiatrist Into Primary Care Enhances Access to Behavioral Health Care for Low-Income Patients 11/02/14

Primary care clinics integrate a full-time behavioral health team and part-time consulting psychiatrist into the practice, enhancing access to behavioral health services, helping patients become more engaged in their own care, and increasing primary care clinician involvement in addressing patients' behavioral health issues.

Countywide, Public–Private Consortium Conducts Outreach and Provides Enrollment Assistance, Enhancing Access to Coverage for Low-Income and Uninsured Residents 09/18/14

A jointly governed consortium of more than 100 local organizations, the Milwaukee Enrollment Network helps county residents (particularly low-income and uninsured individuals) learn about and enroll in public and private health insurance plans.

Emergency Department–Based Asthma Clinic Improves Self-Management Behaviors and Reduces Acute Episodes for Low-Income, Inner-City Children and Teenagers 09/17/14

Children's National Health System has an emergency department–based clinic that serves low-income, minority children and teenagers with asthma.

Technology-Facilitated Education and Consultations With Lactation Specialists Triple Breastfeeding Rates Among Low-Income Minority Women in Primary Care Clinics 05/26/14

Obstetrics/gynecology clinics offered electronic medical record–facilitated education, counseling, and support from a lactation consultant to low-income minority women, leading to a threefold increase in breastfeeding rates.

Community Health Workers Embedded in Inpatient and Outpatient Clinical Teams Enhance Access to Primary Care and Improve Health Outcomes for Low-Income Patients 03/13/14

Community health workers embedded in clinical teams in medical offices and hospitals support low-income patients in setting and achieving health-related goals and accessing needed medical and community-based services, leading to better communication and access to postdischarge primary care, increased patient activation, fewer readmissions and depression-related symptoms, and positive feedback from patients.

State Provides Financial and Technical Support to Underserved Communities Designated as Health Enterprise Zones, Leading to Enhancements in Primary Care Capacity 03/11/14

The State of Maryland provides financial and technical support to five communities designated through a competitive bidding process as health enterprise zones, leading to an expansion of primary care capacity in these areas.

State Medicaid Program Pays Additional Capitated Fee to Integrated Primary Care and Mental Health Homes, Leading to Better Outcomes and Lower Costs 03/01/14

The Missouri Medicaid Health Home program provides capitated payments to primary care and mental health medical homes that adopt an integrated staffing model that allows patients to receive both medical and mental health care, leading to better health outcomes and lower utilization and costs.

California Law Enhances Access to Affordable Care by Limiting Amount Hospitals Can Collect From Low-Income Uninsured and Underinsured Patients 01/30/14

California legislation enhances access to affordable care by limiting the amount hospitals can collect from low- and moderate-income patients who are uninsured or lack adequate coverage and hence face high out-of-pocket medical expenses.

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