Mountain Lakes AccessHealth
Contact Mountain Lakes AccessHealth
298 Memorial Dr.
Seneca, SC 29672
About Mountain Lakes AccessHealth
The mountain lakes community is home to approximately 14,000 residents who live below the federal poverty level and are without insurance (2010 local health assessment). Many are not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare. The unemployed, as well as those working two or three jobs to make ends meet, do not have the ability to do what so many of us take for granted. They are without the resources to pay for a doctor’s visit–leaving them feeling vulnerable and insecure. Subsequently, the health of our entire community is affected, driving up health care costs and burdening hospitals and social service agencies. Those who go without preventive care or are unable to pay attention to early signs of illness become more expensive as their physical problems worsen and sometimes never improve.
Mountain Lakes AccessHealth (MLAH) is a community network (funded by The Duke Endowment) comprised of more than 20 local agencies working together with physicians to strengthen healthcare delivery for the uninsured. Through compassionate care coordination, low-income uninsured adults meet regularly with MLAH team members to develop and implement an individualized plan of care. Services include: connecting participants to a medical home for comprehensive primary care; coordinating referrals to specialists; assisting participants with low-cost medications; connecting patients to additional community resources and federal assistance programs; and providing on-going education on chronic disease management to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to improve their quality of life. This case management model is a shift from crisis management to prevention, early intervention and disease management. By providing access to physicians, access to resources and access to education and support, MLAH expects to see an improvement in the quality of life of each participant, thus positively impacting the health of the entire community.