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.
Regional Community Health and Community Pathways Networks
The Regional Community Health Network (RCHN) coordinates care, services & resources to improve community health and equity in the tri-county region.
The goal of RCHN is to take the many great efforts in our region and align them so the individuals and families needing support are able to get that support in a way that is rational, respectful and creates healthy lives and communities. RCHN supports information sharing between different agencies serving the same people and utilizes that data to support continuous improvement and drive systems change on a regional level.
While regional standardization and alignment is needed to make meaningful systems change, it is also true that our region is diverse in many ways and we need to be able to meet local and individual needs.
The Community Pathways Network (CPN) is composed of a variety of Community-Based Organizations in Multnomah County and based on a national model that focuses on finding those in need, supporting their successful connection to care and services, then measuring the results of those efforts. Successful implementation of this approach means that people receive the care and services they need to be healthy in a way that is trauma informed, culturally specific & responsive, effective, and efficient. Over time, CPN will be able to function as a Cross-sector Navigation Network that truly puts families at the center of the work being done in support of them.
CPN is one of the Networks that will ultimately compose a “Network of Networks” that will be connected through RCHN. We are working with both Washington and Multnomah Counties to create Pathways Networks that make sense in their communities and will be a part of the regional RCHN.