On the heels of the Supreme Court ruling on health care reform, the Board of Trustees of the Community Health Endowment (CHE) has approved funding for two projects that will expand the availability of medical homes and primary care. These projects represent the type of new partnerships and capacity-building that will be necessary in a new era of healthcare.
The Lancaster County Medical Society has been granted $95,560 to support a 12-month pilot project which assigns uninsured patients to private, primary care physicians. Patients will receive ongoing primary care and preventive services in this project. In addition, the People’s Health Center will receive $106,561 to increase the availability of health care to uninsured patients. This project will utilize family practice residents from the Lincoln Medial Education Partnership (LMEP) to provide urgent care appointments each Saturday and employ a new medical provider. Together, these projects will expand medical home services, care coordination, specialty care, medications, and other services to approximately 1,400 individuals.