Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center is supporting a national effort to highlight the plight of the uninsured.
Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center is supporting a national effort to highlight the plight of the uninsured. Cover the Uninsured, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will take place April 27-May 3 with activities planned throughout the country.
It’s estimated that there are 47 million uninsured Americans, 280,000 of which live in Kansas.
“The numbers are staggering,” said Sr. Pat Nicholson, CSJ, Vice President of Mission Services at Mt. Carmel. “Many of these people find themselves with no insurance through no fault of their own and when you’re uninsured everyday is a risk.”
Bearing the burden of healthcare costs alone can add stress to an already difficult situation. Mt. Carmel is helping ease some of the pressure by offering eligibility assistance for its patients.
“We have a staff member dedicated to helping self pay patients with coverage for their care,” said Lisa Whitney, manager of financial services. “In many cases patients may be eligible for help that they didn’t know existed.” From April 2007 through March of this year 2,048 patient accounts were screened for assistance. Insurance coverage was found for 372 of those cases.
For more information about Cover the Uninsured including state specific information please visit the Web site covertheuninsured.org.