The number of Kent County children enrolled in Medicaid increases every year–it’s now about 40%. As that number grows, it becomes more and more difficult for low-income families to access primary healthcare. The Children’s Healthcare Access Program helps children get the care and support that they need to stay healthy.
The primary goal of the Children’s Healthcare Access Program is to improve health outcomes of children on Medicaid while making better use of existing resources and decreasing costs.
The Children’s Healthcare Access Program is a partnership involving Priority Health, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Cherry Street Health Services, private pediatric practices, numerous human service agencies, and private foundations. 15,000 children in Kent County are part of the program.
The Children’s Healthcare Access Program is making a difference by:
- Helping primary care practices improve their “medical homeness.”
- Creating more openings in pediatric practices for children with Medicaid.
- Working with partners to offer more evening hours and same-day appointments.
- Providing education and coordinating support services for families.
The early results are encouraging:
- Emergency department usage ↓14%
- Inpatient hospital admissions ↓12%
- Children with asthma action plan ↑29%