Why is Project Access needed?
Many people in Hamilton County do not have health insurance. They work hard in one or more low-paying jobs with no health benefits. They earn too much to qualify for programs like TennCare, but not enough to pay for insurance and still afford other basic items such as food, clothing and housing.
How does Project Access work?
Project Access is a referral network that offers access to medical care for low-income people in Hamilton County who do not have insurance. Project Access helps patients get specialty health care that the primary care clinics may not have, physicians care, hospital care, and medication assistance.
Who is eligible?
Project Access patients must live in Hamilton County for at least 90 days prior to enrolling. Their family income must be below 150% of the poverty level. They cannot be eligible for health insurance or other benefits (TennCare, Medicaid, Medicare, VA, etc.).
How are patients enrolled?
Participating physicians or community health clinics can refer patients to Project Access. Patients must meet the income and other requirements to be enrolled.
What if you are losing TennCare?
If you have received a letter saying you are being cut from TennCare, you should complete the forms they send and request reconsideration. Some patients may be able to stay in TennCare.
If you have lost your TennCare coverage, you have no other health care coverage, and you meet the eligibility requirements, you may be able to enroll in Project Access.
When your TennCare coverage ends, Project Access can help you find a health center for your primary care home. You can enroll in Project Access if you need specialty care or services not provided through the centers.
How does the process work?
Prospective patients will talk to an eligibility specialist. If patients qualify for other medical benefits like TennCare, they must apply for these programs. In some cases, patients can be enrolled in Project Access as a short-term option until their other benefits begin.
Project Access patients are enrolled for three months for specialty care and six months for primary care. Patients will be helped with getting specialty care and making appointments with health care providers. Patients will get identification cards to present in their health care visits.
Most services are provided at no cost to the patient; however, Project Access may not cover some needed services.
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For more information or to talk to an eligibility specialist - 826-0269