We work together to promote a healthier community.
A growing number of people in Texas do not have health care coverage. Without proper care, poor health can lead to less treatable and costly complications. UWCT is working to connect people with the health care they need.
Along with our partners, UWCT is addressing the issue of health care access with a variety of strategies, including connecting people to health services through free clinics,prescription drug financial assistance.
Accomplishing these goals decreases medical costs assumed by community hospitals, insurance rate payers, and taxpayers - particularly by reducing unnecessary emergency room visits.
The impact of poor health is felt across the community as a whole and increases costs for us all. UWCT is creating solutions that help everyone thrive, creating healthier communities that improve our collective quality of life.
UWCT Impact Strategy Highlights
BridgeS to Wellness and Health, a collaborative strategy between Baylor Scott and White Health, UWCT, Body of Christ Clinic, and the Temple Community Clinic. BridgeS works with underinsured and uninsured clients who are unable to afford the necessary prescriptions, equipment, transportation, and supplies to maintain or improve their health status. The goal is to bridge the gap while a client awaits approval or a long-term affordable prescription coverage. A growing number of people in Texas do not have health care coverage. Without proper care, poor health can lead to less treatable and costly complications. UWCT is working to connect people with the health care they need.
The BridgeS to Wellness and Health program decreases medical costs assumed by community hospitals, insurance rate payers, and taxpayers - particularly by reducing unnecessary emergency room visits. For high-risk patients, the inability to afford prescriptions results in poor health outcomes, increased rates of re-hospitalization, and extreme financial burden.
Health Insurance Education and Enrollment
The United Way of Central Texas has taken an active role in ensuring Central Texans have access to healthcare. Through a federal grant awarded to a regional consortium, the United Way of Central Texas employs Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators. Navigators are state and federally certified to provide unbiased information and assistance to individuals, families, and small businesses. They are local resources for enrollment into qualified health plans in the Marketplace, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Navigators help those who qualify for lower costs gain access through the Advanced Premium Tax Credit and Cost Share Reduction programs. In addition, navigators have a broad knowledge of local programs and can provide referrals to those unable to qualify for Marketplace programs.
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The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CA-NAV-15-001 from the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.