Uniontown Hospital will continue its commitment to providing for the needs of Fayette County residents through a new partnership with Cornerstone Care of Uniontown to help uninsured residents discover quality, affordable health care options available to them.
“Our patients will always be our priority,” Uniontown Hospital CEO Steve Handy said. “We are entering this partnership with Cornerstone as a means to help our uninsured friends and neighbors find insurance that they can afford and help them maintain their health and well-being with health coverage that suits their needs.”
Cornerstone Care, a non-profit network of Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHC), serves communities throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. Cornerstone’s mission is to improve the health of area residents by helping them overcome barriers to accessing affordable health care, including dental care and mental health.
The cooperative agreement will allow Cornerstone representatives to work inside Uniontown Hospital and at the hospital’s outpatient diagnostic center to meet with pre-registered applicants to help them understand the Health Insurance Marketplace and find options that are right for them.
“This is a great opportunity for area residents to find out what is available and how affordable some plans might actually be,” Teresa Tanner, outreach and enrollment specialist at Cornerstone said. “There are low-cost options available and no one can be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.”
The free one-on-one counseling sessions will allow residents to explore their health care options and options for their families including options from the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and CHIP.
Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is slated to open on Nov. 15.
According to Tanner, all plans offered on the Marketplace offer coverage of doctor’s visits, hospital stays, preventative care, prescriptions and more.
She said that low-cost and free options are available for those who quality.
“We can help you set up your Marketplace account, see if you qualify, help you determine costs, help you understand benefits and help you understand other federal and state eligibilities and programs,” Tanner said.
Josh Krysak, Uniontown Hospital Community Relations coordinator, said that the program is an important tool for area residents to take advantage of.
“There is no cost to this,” Krysak said. “All you have to do is make a phone call and show up. This is an excellent opportunity to allow health care experts to review each individual’s situation and help area residents make the best possible decisions for their physical and fiscal health.”
Uniontown Hospital Revenue Cycle Executive Director, Kathleen Simpson said that the partnership is part of the hospital’s continued efforts to affect healthy change in Fayette County.
“We all work every day to make a healthy difference in our community and this service will allow us to help our patients and families navigate the difficult and ever-changing health care market,” Simpson said.
Appointments can be scheduled by calling Cornerstone Care at 724-880-7137 or 724-825-4411.