Laura Blodgett, Media Relations
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Mercy Primary Care Center receives grant from Metro Health Foundation to assist local residents with insurance enrollment
Mercy Primary Care Center receives grant from Metro Health Foundation
to assist local residents with insurance enrollment
MPCC will help patients enroll in Healthy Michigan Plan or Health Insurance Marketplace
DETROIT, Mich. – (March 28, 2014) Mercy Primary Care Center (MPCC) is making headway providing its patients with access to health insurance coverage, thanks to a grant of $18,000 received from Detroit-based Metro Health Foundation to provide Affordable Care Act outreach, education and enrollment assistance for MPCC patients and the broader community.
"We are grateful to Metro Health Foundation in partnering with us on this project," said MPPC Executive Director Aiisya Williamson. "The funds that they have given us are supporting our efforts to provide direct enrollment assistance to our patients, 80 percent of whom are eligible for coverage through the Healthy Michigan Plan, as well as the 19 percent of our patients who are eligible for subsidies to help cover the cost of purchasing their own insurance in the insurance exchange marketplace."
MPCC's goal is to directly assist 600 of its patients to enroll in either the expanded Medicaid program known as the Healthy Michigan Plan or in securing financial assistance to purchase their own coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. In addition, MPCC is providing education and resources to at least 20 social service partner organizations located within the Samaritan Center facility where MPCC's clinical facilities are also housed. Through this collaborative partnership MPCC anticipates being able to inform at least 200 additional Samaritan Center clients of new insurance coverage options.
Donnique Metz is grateful for the assistance that she has received so far at MPCC. She had been insured through her employer, but lost her coverage in 2009 when her employment status changed. She was offered COBRA but found it too expensive. With the help she received at MPCC, Metz completed an application for coverage on the Healthcare.gov website. Although she found that she is not eligible for subsidies to help cover the cost of the plans offered, she will be eligible for the Healthy Michigan Plan when it becomes active April 1. Metz is looking forward to applying with the assistance of MPCC's enrollment coordinator.
"I never would have known about the Healthy Michigan Plan without MPCC," said Metz.
In his grant notification letter, Metro Health Foundation Executive Director Randy Walainis noted, "The Affordable Care Act provides a great opportunity for the uninsured in our community to get medical insurance coverage. Coordination of these efforts and sharing lessons learned will be very important to improving the health care available to the residents of our community."
About Mercy Primary Care Center
MPCC is a health center serving the needs of Detroit’s uninsured. Our mission is to provide a medical safety net for uninsured adults who require healthcare services to improve their quality of life. MPCC seeks to eliminate barriers to comprehensive care by providing laboratory, diagnostic testing, limited specialty care, health education, pharmaceuticals and transportation free-of-charge. MPCC treats the whole person - body, mind and spirit - rather than an isolated ailment. MPCC is a member organization of CHE Trinity Health.
About Metro Health Foundation
Metro Health Foundation is a private Detroit grant-making foundation supporting Michigan organizations in health care and health-related fields