Uninsured Individuals And Families
People without health insurance have poor access to health care, as they are less likely to seek preventative care and services for health problems. Those without insurance cite a range of reasons, including its high costs and not having access to any insurance through work. With assistance in accessing cost-effective insurance and other benefits, many more individuals can now improve their health care options.
Seedco is an official partner of Maryland Health Connection and provides free, confidential in0person assistance to enroll in qualified health plans, dental plans, Medicaid, or the Maryland Children’s Health Insurance Program (MCHP). Our staff of certified Navigators has the expertise to guide consumers through the marketplace, determine eligibility for financial help and cost savings on their health plans, and enroll them in coverage.
Our program has served the Upper Eastern Shore since 2013 and the Southern Region since 2017. Seedco also serves as a regional hub on behalf of Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, providing technical assistance and supporting community partners. Our services are integrated with our partners at local health and social services departments and other community organizations. Seedco also provides wide outreach and information sharing to eliminate barriers to healthcare among the uninsured.
The conditions in which we live explain in part why some Americans are healthier than others. Those with fewer resources and access to services tend to be less healthy. Starting in 2018 and in partnership with the Acacia Network, Seedco’s Bronx Health and Benefits Initiative builds capacity to coordinate community-based care in one of New York’s unhealthiest and poorest counties. Working closely with Acacia’s Bronx programs, Seedco is integrating its EarnBenefitsOnline at community sites and helping residents access benefits; training local Acacia staff; and deploying screening staff at Acacia’s health centers.
The Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities Innovation Fund funds this project.
Health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities. Starting in 2018, Seedco is partnering with the Acacia Network and St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction to improve health in a population with acute needs, the opioid dependent in the Bronx. The project coordinates community-based care that focuses on outreach, engagement, linkages to health care, and enrollment in public benefits. MDRC serves as evaluation partner.
The program is funded by OneCity Health Innovation Fund.