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Grand County Rural Health Network offers health care assistance programs

The Grand County Rural Health Network enters 2009 ready to help local residents as a tough economy creates new challenges for health care.

The Network offers two programs that are specifically geared to help both children and adults get access to basic health care.

A.C.H.E.S. (Advocacy for Children’s Health and Education Services) and P.A.I.N.S.

(Partners for Adults in Need of Services) Programs offer healthcare vouchers for uninsured children and adults who qualify financially.

“These programs exist to help people get healthcare services, especially in difficult economic times,” said Jennifer Giacomini, executive director of the Network. “We want children and adults to remain productive members of the county and not miss work due to a treatable illness. That is why these programs exist.”

There are financial qualifications for both programs. People must have an income of roughly $40,000 or below for a family of four, but this qualification varies depending on the number of people in the household. Cost is $10 administration fee per voucher that gets paid to the Network. The vouchers cover the cost of the visit.

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These vouchers are for acute healthcare services only (sore throat, pneumonia, bronchitis, etc) and do not cover pre-existing conditions, follow-up treatments, prevention, or diagnostic services.

“These programs are not health insurance or permanent health coverage, but rather temporary relief for the uninsured,” she added. “Our goal is to keep uninsured Grand County residents healthy and active members of the community. Through these programs, we hope to reduce the amount of work and school missed by the parents and children affected by acute illnesses.”

The two programs have gained the attention of people across the state.

A.C.H.E.S. and P.A.I.N.S. Programs were awarded Most Innovative Programs in the state in 2008 by the Public Health Nurses Association of Colorado.

“The Network is working with its partners to create a sustainable solution to these programs that will provide access to healthcare to the uninsured,” Giacomini said. “We are working towards a permanent solution to provide access to healthcare to the uninsured.”

P.A.I.N.S. Program offers vouchers for acute medical services to uninsured adults ages 18 to 64. The vouchers are accepted by all medical providers throughout the county.

For financial and medical eligibility, call the Byers Peak Family Medicine at 722-0300, the Network at 887-3064, or Grand County Public Health at 725-3288.

The A.C.H.E.S. Program offers vouchers for acute medical, dental and mental health

services to uninsured children under the age of 18. They are accepted by most providers throughout the county:

For eligibility, call Peak Pediatrics at 726-1135, the Network at 887-3064, Grand County Public Health at 725-3288, or contact the East Grand or West Grand school nurse.

The A.C.H.E.S. Program also sponsors mobile medical and dental vans that provide preventative services to uninsured children who qualify financially. These vans served 436 children in 2007.

“Especially in the current economic climate, the A.C.H.E.S. and P.A.I.N.S. Programs are extremely important. Unemployment is rising and many employers are unable to pay for the rising cost of health insurance,” Giacomini said. “Most people think they are not eligible for these programs when they are. Please use them; they are here for you ” the people who make Grand County the amazing place we and our visitors love.”

The Network, which was formed nearly 10 years ago to work in partnership to improve and direct the future of Grand County’s healthcare, takes a direct and hands-on approach to seeing that Grand County citizens have access to expanded and improved health care options.

The Network’s Board of Directors is a partnership of health care providers, community leaders and citizens who are committed to developing and building an integrated health care delivery system to the residents of Grand County.

Donations are always accepted for the A.C.H.E.S. and P.A.I.N.S. Programs run by the Grand County Rural Health Network. Tax deductible donation can be made payable to: Grand County Rural Health Network (GCRHN), PO Box 2180, Granby, CO 80446.

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