You work for a small business … or maybe you own a business … and you can’t afford to buy health insurance. Where do you go if you get sick?
This year more than two-thousand citizens of Sedgwick County will turn to Project Access. They’ll receive donated care and medicine assistance from more than 600 local physicians and their assistants. Funding for Project Access comes from the United Way, local government, and private donations.
The Project’s coordinator – Anne Nelson – tells me the recession has had an impact, with a 23% increase in applicants for assistance over the past three years.
Recently, Sedgwick County Commissioners discussed funding for Project Access. In these difficult budgeting times, local government is making some tough calls. Still, I hope we can maintain support for Project Access. People without health insurance and without the financial means to pay for care wind up in hospital emergency rooms. That drives up the cost of health care for everyone. Project Access aims to keep folks out of emergency rooms by providing regular health care aimed at preventing emergencies.
Our thought for today is from Dr. Thomas Fuller:
“Health is not valued till sickness comes.”