Project Access NOW Programs
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.
We support outcome-focused, comprehensive, community-wide solutions strategically tailored to meet the changing needs of our community. As we continue with our core work of connecting low-income uninsured people to donated healthcare services, our focus has expanded to include innovative initiatives and partnerships that go beyond simple healthcare to also address the social determinants of health.
Project Access NOW Classic Program
Despite the Affordable Care Act, many people lack health insurance.
Project Access NOW continues to work with all of the hospital systems and most of the major specialty and multi-specialty clinics in the Portland metropolitan area to provide donated care to those who remain uninsured and who meet specific income guidelines.
Many Americans who take prescription medication are unable to afford it.
Pharmacy Bridge offers Project Access NOW clients (and some non-client patients of clinics with whom we partner), who either don’t qualify for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act or lack the financial resources, access to medications prescribed by their primary care physician. Thanks to the generous support of our partners, the Pharmacy Bridge program provides clients with the medications they need at no or very reduced-cost.
C3 Community Assistance Program
When low-income people are discharged from a hospital stay or emergency room visit, they often face barriers that stand in the way of their recovery.
The C3 Community Assistance Program supports discharge planners, social workers, and care managers as they work to connect low-income patients to the resources they need for a safe discharge, including transportation, temporary housing, and medical assistance.
Outreach, Enrollment, and Access
Many people who qualified for 100% discounted services with healthcare providers are now required to pay premiums, deductibles, co-insurance, and prescription costs, placing private insurance out of reach for many of them.
We help people who qualify for coverage enroll in and use their health insurance by paying the balance of the premiums for medical/dental plans they selected. And we connect them with the care they need through our Medicaid, the Health Insurance Exchange, or our Classic Program.
The Premium Assistance program leverages the tax credits and cost-sharing reductions available to participants to pay the balance of the premiums for the medical plans they have selected through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Premium Assistance program pays the monthly insurance premium for participants and helps lower additional out-of-pocket expenses.