Access East Uninsured Programs
Eastern North Carolina (ENC) can be a tough place for many people to get the basic healthcare they need.
North Carolina itself ranks near this country’s lowest for healthcare coverage; greater than 11 percent of our citizens have no public or private health insurance, including Medicaid or Medicare. That’s a full 2 percent behind the national average.
ENC’s own number of uninsured residents is, however, even higher than the state average, since our large, and largely rural, region has always faced greater poverty, and less access to care and support resources, than much of the rest of North Carolina.
All of that adds up to a lot of our neighbors struggling to get the basic healthcare and social services they need, and so often failing to do so. That’s not only terrible for them, but also for all of ENC as well.
* According to 2019 census data published through America’s Health Rankings, the nation’s longest-running compiler of comparative health data by state
We Want to Help
Access East’s Uninsured Programs can help bridge some of this troubling healthcare gap, providing or coordinating basic care for people who otherwise might have to go without. Our two principal programs, linked below, include either direct care and certain other crucial health or social services, or assistance in finding and selecting affordable health insurance for people who are without.
We rely upon an exceptional team of locally based, community-minded social workers, medication assistants, health-insurance Navigators, community coordinators and support staff that you can “meet” here.
Our nonprofit program helping to meet the medical needs of qualifying uninsured and underinsured residents of Beaufort, Edgecombe, Greene, Hertford, Martin and Pitt counties. We provide care-management assistance in making good personal medical decisions and finding appropriate and accessible medical help, including not just treatment for current health conditions but some preventative services as well.
In addition, HealthAssist coordinates several free Pitt County-based health clinics, and helps its patients with qualifying prescription medicines and some essential medical supplies, such as diabetes-treatment items.
HealthAssist is not insurance and not part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); we collect no premiums or payments. We rely on a network of community partnerships to provide all services.
We receive no commissions for helping with enrollments, no matter what insurance plan is chosen.
Crucial to our ACA Navigators program is its own Farmworker Program, which works not only to help enroll members of the ENC H-2A (temporary-visa) farmworker community in low-cost insurance, but also to direct them to available community healthcare options.