We published our first newsletter today! We want our patients, volunteers, community partners, and donors to know how we’re doing. The Heart Beat has all the latest information on patient volume, medical cost savings and more. Will post the newsletter to the website soon!
There’s no question health care costs are rising. Income disproportionately impacts health outcomes. As this article from The Commonwealth Fund points out, “American men with incomes in the top 1 percent live 15 years longer than the poorest 1 percent, while among such women there is a gap of 10 years, according to a 2016 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.”
In Louisville, people living in the poorest zip codes have a life expectancy of 68, while those living in the east (the wealthier neighborhoods) average 83 years.
Have A Heart is proud to announce its partnership with New Directions Housing Corporation! This partnership enables HAH volunteers to perform onsite health screenings and provide education to more members of our community! Check out New Directions at http://www.ndhc.org/ to learn more about how the nonprofit organization helps individuals and families in our community! Here’s to Heart Health!
Nationally, about 27 million people remain uninsured. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid expansion made huge strides toward providing coverage to the uninsured, Kentucky’s proposed changes to Medicaid would impact expansion and current enrollees. The Kaiser Family Foundation recently updated its “Proposed Changes to Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky” which outlines a Fact Sheet of these changes and the potential fallout.
You can also find out where the U.S. stands on insurance coverage now that efforts to repeal and replace ACA have been suspended.
Access to health care should not be a political issue, which is easier said than done. Have A Heart Clinic volunteers agree that everyone should have equal access to quality, specialty care – regardless of income or other factors. The reality is that health care is not equal. People living in poverty cannot get the care they need. They avoid hospitals and doctors until they are extremely sick because they cannot afford care, they lack transportation, and/or they do not trust the health care system and providers.
Health equity and health care equity are human issues with permanent, but preventable, economic, social, and ethical costs. Preventing illness and treating our fellow community members is part of the human condition that left alone will keep our fellow Kentuckians sick and without care. We believe it is our moral and ethical duty to remove barriers to health for all people. We do this by being located near our patients’, providing transportation assistance, providing free outpatient cardiovascular care, and cultivating trust with every individual we treat.
Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers that helped with Saturday’s Have A Heart clinic. It was another incredible day. With out their help we could never touch as many lives as we do. They are proof that “LOVE is real; something concrete and displayed in how we live our lives. everyday”. Also since being in our new location the number of patients we have been able to see is up over 26%, how wonderful!! Open House next Saturday April 15 th and next clinic Wednesday even April 19th.