Free Health Insurance for those who do not qualify for ACA coverage

Kaiser Permanente’s Charitable Health Access Program is a subsidized  health care product for low income uninsured individuals who do not have access or qualify for any other health care program.  This is an off exchange program so enrollment has to be completed before February 15, 2015. This is for low income uninsured people and provides quality health care at no cost for premiums and copays.  

Click here to see the flier in Spanish and English.

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It’s Open Enrollment Season for Affordable Care Act Health Insurance!!

The Affordable Care Act offers quality affordable private health insurance for many individuals and families. Enrollment can be done online through the Maryland Health Connection.  To advance the community goal of increasing access to health care, CHEER has contracted with Montgomery County, in collaboration with the Capital Region Health Connector, to conduct outreach and education to uninsured individuals and families from the Latino and African Immigrant populations in Takoma Park and Long Branch. Read More »

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Snapshots of Community Improvement 2014

Spring 054On a cold February day in 2012, we heard that a long line of people were waiting for health care at Mobile Med’s medical van at the Long Branch Community Center. Dozens of people waited for more than an hour in the cold to be seen by a doctor. Unfortunately, this scene has been repeated many times in Takoma Park and Long Branch, as low-income individuals scramble to find health care for themselves and their children.

Many of them are immigrants who do not qualify for Federal government health care support. Often they are not familiar with the local health care system and don’t know what to do if they need medical care. Many postpone medical care until they are sick and then go to the emergency room, where they can wait for hours before they are seen.

This year, CHEER, with funding from the Healthcare Initiative Foundation and the support of partners in the Long Branch Health Enterprise Zone, hired six community health outreach specialists. These outreach specialists come from the Long Branch and Takoma Park neighborhoods with the greatest health care needs. Read More »

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Interested in Putting More Community into your Neighborhood?

Written by Tarek Maassarani

A new initiative funded by the Takoma Foundation invites you to host a NeighborCircle.

A NeighborCircle is “a good conversation over dinner with neighbors.” That’s pretty much it. Why make this into a project? Because, admittedly, most of us don’t know our neighbors and they don’t know us. We are too busy, too shy, or too intimidated to make connections and build relationships with people on our streets. Read More »

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CHEER Finds Limited Healthcare Capacity in County Program for Uninsured in Long Branch

Latino Residents in the Long Branch area without health insurance report difficulty getting medical appointments through the Montgomery Cares program, a program that provides health services to uninsured adults in Montgomery County.    Language barriers were frequently cited as a problem for navigating appointments. However, another major complaint is that the safety net clinics that provide this service are not taking new patients regularly, have no waiting lists, and do not answer their phones. It is estimated that there is about a 50 percent chance that patients will be seen unless a patient has a life threatening condition. Concerns raised by these findings will be addressed at the next meeting of the Long Branch Health Enterprise Zone on December 11, 2014 from 3 to 5 pm in the Columbia Room of Wilkinson Hall (Room 210 7600 Flower Avenue) at Washington Adventist University. Read More »

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