Public Health
3:07 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Health Care Access Now gets $600,000 grant

Handing over the check...
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

A non-profit agency that helps low-income people get health care and providers get paid is getting a financial boost.

CEO Judith Warren says Health Care Access Now will use a $600,000 grant from the Deaconess Associations Foundation to add staff and expand services. "We're looking to serve an additional 4,500 people," says Warren. The agency currently serves about 1,800 people per year.

Before Gregory Allmond began working with his HCAN case worker Lynnette Campbell two months ago, he sought primary care in the emergency room to deal with his hemophilia and liver failure. He had more than 25 visits this year.

Gregory Allmond with his case worker Lynnette Campbell.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

"Fortunately since I met (Campbell) I haven't been to the emergency room or even been hospitalized, which is a good thing," says Allmond.

HCAN serves people in nine counties in Ohio and Kentucky.