At the Church Health Center, we believe that God created us body
and spirit, and that we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our health
and help others do the same.
Part of being good stewards is to take government programs and
other programs into account and adjust our services to fill the gaps in access
to care. As these programs have come on the scene in our 28 years, we have
stayed focused on doing the most good for the most people with the resources we
have. Making adjustments in light of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is no
We believe that continuity of care is an important part of
delivering the best care to our patients. The people we serve often have
multiple health conditions and high-risk problems that benefit from our
whole-person model of care and wide range of services.
Currently, if patients choose a health insurance plan through the
ACA-mandated Exchange, they must choose a new primary care provider and leave
our system of care. They may underestimate the costs associated with health
insurance, become uninsured again and return to us for care later on. Cycling
back and forth between being insured and uninsured creates confusion and
disrupt patients’ continuity of care, and it reduces our productivity by
creating unnecessary, time-consuming work for our staff.
So, in order to continue to provide the best care to our patients
and be good stewards of our own time and resources, we must create a more
flexible framework for our services that allows us to continue to provide care
to our existing patients even if they enroll in a plan through the Exchange.
We are implementing a plan to accept insurance from our existing patients
who become insured through the Exchange.
- Continuing to host ACA
information sessions to inform patients and help get them enrolled.
- Pursuing application
counselor credentials for additional members of our staff.
- Preparing to accept Exchange plans
and bill for services.
- Creating informational flyers
and other collateral to best inform our patients.
- Continuing other means of
maintaining continuity of care such as caring for our patients who age into
Medicare, and seeing our patients’ children who are covered by CoverKids.
The following locations can also assist you with your application:
|Memphis Health Center, Inc.
915 East Mclemore, #107 -OR-
360 E.H. Crump Blvd.Memphis Tn 38126
|Shelby County Healthcare Organization
877 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis TN 38103
|Christ Community Health Services
2595 Central Avenue
Memphis TN 38104
Visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to learn more.
The Church Health Center convened a group of Tennessee healthcare stakeholders to hear from Beth Uselton and Lisa Pote on connecting Tennesseeans with coverage in the new health insurance marketplace mandated by the healthcare law (Get Covered Tennessee). Here is their presentation.
For more resources on the new health insurance marketplace, visit TNCrossings.org. or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Here is an article by Bianca Phillips from the Memphis Flyer
Download our letter to MEMPHIS Plan employers.