Kaiser Permanente Invests in Project Access
A new partnership between Pierce County Project Access (PCPA) and Kaiser Permanente means more patients in our county can get the health care they need.
November 4, 2021
A new partnership between Pierce County Project Access (PCPA) and Kaiser Permanente means more patients in our county can get the health care they need. Kaiser Permanente granted PCPA $99,500 over two years to support access to healthcare for uninsured and low-income Pierce County residents. PCPA will use these funds for care coordination staff and patient support services such as transportation, prescriptions, and interpreter services. Kaiser Permanente’s support will give many Pierce County residents better access and more affordable care and helps PCPA grow by finding and reaching out to the uninsured who may be unaware of services.
PCPA Director of Development Timm Dowling cultivated this new partnership as part of an increased focus on mobilizing organizations with similar missions to support this important work. Kaiser Permanente is committed to investing in everybody’s health and supporting thriving communities.
The Project Access model was started in the mid-1990s in Asheville, North Carolina by physicians who wanted to address the issue of access to specialty care for the uninsured. PCPA opened in 2009 through the leadership of the Pierce County Medical Society and the support of local hospital and health care systems. To date, there are nearly 700 physicians who participate in the Donated Care network equating to over 3,000 people served and nearly $40 million in care provided. Patients must be a Pierce County resident for at least three months and have income at or below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. PCPA boasts a less than 1 percent no-show rate for referred patients and an average reduction of emergency room usage by 49 percent. To learn more, visit www.pcprojectaccess.org