Project Funding of INSUREUP4U™, will fund our ability to create healthier pathways that connect underserved populations to health insurance and health plans.
INSUREUP4U™ is a cutting-edge equity project created to give Black and Brown families greater access to affordable insurance coverage. Our equity project is in direct response to the harmful effects of systemic health, racial and ethnic disparities, that are reflected in the negative impact of social determinants of health, fragmented services, disjointed care coordination and the administering of disparity-plagued sick-care.
All of which contribute to higher rates of uninsured families, poverty, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, infant mortality, high school drop-out, violence, unemployment, alcohol and drug dependence, incareceration, plus other unmet health needs.
Your investment will help us bring health plans to communities where few existed before and upgrade the quality of the health plans now in circulation.
Navigating through the enrollment and selection process can be confusing for those who have never had insurance. For many people without health insurance, especially in underserved communities, the cost of obtaining health care services is a significant deterrent to seeking health care.
Connecting underserved, underinsured populations to health insurance coverage is one way that health outreach programs can ensure that eligible and non-eligible individuals and families are not constrained by health care costs.
Funding will ensure that underserved communities, Transitioning Health From Volume To Value Expansion overcome all the barriers that can prevent families from successfully obtaining and using health insurance.
In successfully connecting people to the coverage that is the best fit for them and their families it is common for several barriers to be experienced simultaneously. Here are just a few of the barriers confronting underserved communities:
- Being eligible for insurance coverage but not automatically guaranteed enrollment.
- Navigating through the enrollment and selection process
- Not understanding how or where to apply, what documentation is required, or how to maintain coverage.
- Confusion and misinformation about eligibility and cost
- Complicated lengthy applications, and limited assistance in the preferred language
- For immigrant populations, some individuals may be fearful of applying for insurance for themselves or their children because one or more members of the family do not have legal immigration status and fear deportation.
- The lack of transportation to locations where individuals and families can receive assistance to apply for insurance coverage.
Our ability to advocate for these communities and negotiate healthier insurance options on their behalf, exist only because caring individuals understand the importance of our work and care enough to give us their support.
Please allow me to thank you in advance for recognizing the value of what we do and for funding our projects.