The mission of Project Access NOW is to improve the health of our community by creating access to care and services for those most in need.
Health care in Oregon is improving, but gaps persist. Thousands of people in our state still don’t have the coverage or access to care they need. These people either don’t qualify for insurance under the Affordable Care Act or they qualify but still can’t afford the out-of-pocket expenses necessary to access care. Meanwhile, social determinants of health — things like income, housing, education, and access to food — negatively impact the health of entire communities, communities where people facing challenges to accessing care are more likely to live. The result is that health care is too often inaccessible to those who need it most.
Project Access NOW works to fill these gaps. We partner with care providers, hospitals, clinics, and other community-based organizations to address the health care system’s limitations with solutions that connect the most vulnerable in our community to the care and services they need, helping them get healthy and stay that way.
- Connect low-income, uninsured clients to the donated primary and specialty care they need.
- Pay health insurance premiums for people who qualify for coverage under the Affordable Care Act but can’t afford the expenses necessary to access their care.
- Connect low-income people being discharged from the hospital to resources such as transportation, car seats, and temporary housing to help them get home safely and more easily access follow-up care.
Our strategies have a proven track-record of success, as evidenced by the expanding list of partners and stakeholders who see the positive effects of our initiatives and value our contribution to community health.