Hopecare means improving access to health care where it is needed most.
The reasons that thousands of people in south-central Kansas live off the health care grid essentially boil down to simple economics. For far too many, access to health care is obstructed by the inability to pay for either health insurance or the cost of medical services or both. When your choice is paying for food or paying for medical care or prescriptions, the basic need will always win.
In Kansas, that’s especially true because the state has opted not to participate in expanded Medicaid coverage. That leaves tens of thousands of residents sitting in the coverage gap between the incredibly low maximum income allowed for Medicaid eligibility and the minimum income required to receive the subsidies that make private insurance affordable through the government’s Health Insurance MarketPlace.
GraceMed Health Clinics stand in that gap for those patients. While many of our patients are on Medicaid and Medicare, we also serve a great many who are either uninsured or underinsured, helping them pay for the health care they need with a sliding scale based on their household income. Our sliding scale helps families gain access to medical, dental, vision and behavioral health services that are not otherwise affordable. We also help with the cost of medications through our prescription assistance program.
We also stand in the gap created by the another access to health care issue – the great distances some of us have to drive to see the closest primary care doctor. If you’re a family with less than reliable transportation, that distance can seem insurmountable. So as we have grown our network to 16 clinics, we’ve looked to locate where doctors are needed, especially in more low-income neighborhoods like Oaklawn in Wichita or rural neighborhoods like Clearwater Kansas.
At GraceMed, hopecare is accessible.