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Kaiser Permanente Grants More than $1M to Increase Access to Care in Georgia

Thursday, August 17th, 2023

Kaiser Permanente is granting more than $1 million to organizations to provide care to more Georgians. The grant funding will provide support to two organizations that are working to increase access to care for the uninsured and underinsured in Georgia. 

Georgia Charitable Care Network, Inc. ($350,000)

The Georgia Charitable Care Network and the member clinics provide critical support for uninsured individuals dealing with chronic conditions. Grant funding will be used to improve the clinic capacity and patient outcomes for at least 10 of Georgia’s free and charitable clinics by increasing the numbers served of patients with two or more chronic diseases. This partnership will support the safety net across the state and provide access to care for over 30,000 people.

Georgia Association for Primary Health Care, Inc. ($700,000)

Georgia Association for Primary Health Care will use funds to support the Community Health Worker (CHW) project work with three Federally Qualified Health Centers in rural areas surrounding metro Atlanta. The project’s overall goals are to assist Medicaid-eligible Georgians in their reapplication or applications for benefits, with an additional specific focus on the Hispanic population.

“Georgia’s free and charitable clinics are critical in providing care to the uninsured and underserved communities. We are so grateful for Kaiser Permanente’s partnership that recognizes the crucial role our clinics play in the state’s health care system,” said Donna Looper, executive director of Georgia Charitable Care Network, Inc. “Multi-morbidities run rampant among patients without insurance, and this funding will support the clinics’ efforts to improve outcomes for these high-risk, vulnerable patients.”

Georgia’s percentage of uninsured residents is 14% with many having incomes below 150% of the federal poverty level. About a third of Georgians, or 3.3 million, live in an area with a primary care shortage.Georgia continues to rank in the bottom ten states for chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

“At Kaiser Permanente we are steadfast in our commitment to provide affordable health care services and improve the health of our communities,” said Pam Shipley, president of Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. “Charitable clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers help to provide access to quality, life-saving care for the uninsured and underinsured in our communities.”

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Article courtesy of Metro Atlanta CEO, published August 17, 2023.