PRESS RELEASE: ACCESS Partners With County On New Medicaid Program

August 12, 2013

Access Community Health Network (ACCESS) has partnered with Cook County Health and Hospitals System to enroll eligible Cook County residents in CountyCare, the new Medicaid program for adults.

Now more Cook County residents will have health care coverage and be linked to a medical home. "CountyCare is nothing to sweep under the rug," said 62-year-old Rev. Debra Davis, an associate minister at First Church of Deliverance in Chicago. Rev. Davis had been without health care since leaving her job earlier this year, and she felt that "taking more than one medication would be better managed under a doctor's supervision."

Rev. Davis, who lives on Chicago's South Side, signed up for CountyCare at ACCESS Blue Island Family Health Center and now calls that health center her primary medical home. "I was concerned because after I became unemployed, I couldn't afford the COBRA insurance, and I was too young for Medicare," she said. "My eyes lit up when I heard about CountyCare, and I quickly applied for coverage. I have high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and borderline diabetes, among other issues, all of which are now being addressed by my new physician."

If you are uninsured and between the ages of 19 and 64, call 773.247.2085 today to find out if you are eligible for CountyCare and to learn how Access Community Health Network can help you apply for coverage and become your medical home.​

About ACCESS: With nearly 40 Joint Commission-accredited community health centers located throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, ACCESS is one of the largest networks of community health centers in the nation. ACCESS offers preventive and primary care services to nearly 200,000 patients annually. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ACCESSHealth or like us on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/ACCESSCommunityHealth.