Access to Care

Access to Care

This health need crosses both Elkhart and St Joseph counties, and Beacon Community Health is very intentional about addressing it on a regional level. This collaborative alignment between counties helps us maintain our momentum toward collective impact in our communities.

Significant Health Need

While the arrival of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided many Elkhart and St. Joseph County (SJC) residents with needed health coverage, a large segment of our county continues to fall through the cracks for myriad reasons including ineligibility due to lack of legal residency status, the unaffordability of Indiana ACA Marketplace programs for eligible persons, and the increasing trend of high-deductible employer-sponsored plans that are creating delays or barriers for insured persons to utilize health care at an appropriate time.

Residents of Elkhart County are more likely to be uninsured (20.8%) when compared to St. Joseph County (14.5%), Indiana (14.2%), and the nation (14.8%).

The ratio of primary care providers (PCP), dentists, and mental health providers to residents is worse in Elkhart County than in St. Joseph County, all of Indiana, and the national benchmark. Access to health care and access to health coverage continue to be identified as community health priorities in Elkhart County.

MHSB data from January through December 2016 indicate more than 5,500 patients are uninsured, but those unsure or without a Primary Care Provider (PCP) outnumber the uninsured by almost 2:1. This hinders the completion of routine wellness visits and could lead to higher demand for ED services when ill, and confirms the need for prioritizing Access to Care among their patients and in the community.

Priority Focus 1: Ensure access to health insurance, education and self-management skills

Priority Focus 2: Provide screenings and education

Programs

The Aging in Place (AIP) program provides health oversight and education, community resource navigation and social activities, helping the residents to live healthy, productive and independent lives....

Medical interpreters across Beacon Health System provide compassionate and accurate communication for patients with limited English proficiency....

This is a community-based education and screening effort to reach Elkhart County residents and help them understand more about cancer prevention and detection....

Un programa en español enfocado en la prevención y detección temprana de enfermedades a través de la educación....

The North Central Indiana Sickle Cell Initiative helps meet the needs of individuals with sickle cell trait and disease and their families through education, counseling, care coordination, screening and referrals....