My HealthCare Home

Out of approximately two million residents in the greater Nashville area, 300,000 do NOT have insurance. And only 50 percent of those know about affordable healthcare clinics nearby. Carol Westlake from the Safety Net Consortium joined us on a recent episode of Community Health Matters to discuss My HealthCare Home, a website connecting patients to healthcare options. View her segment here.

The mission of the new My HealthCare Home website is to easily and quickly connect the uninsured, underinsured and low-income population of Middle Tennessee to high-quality, accessible and affordable healthcare clinics in their area.

These community-based clinics provide preventive and continuing care and are an alternative to emergency rooms or minute clinics. With more than 50 not-for-profit locations, My HealthCare Home clinics also have specialists on staff at the same affordable prices and include dental and mental health services.

It’s important to note My HealthCare Home does not only provide options for underinsured people, the clinics are a safety net for anyone who needs them. Clinics charge fees based on your income and family size, and serve persons without health insurance or with TennCare, coverage through the Affordable Care Act or employer-based health insurance.

If you struggle to pay for healthcare, visit www.MyHCHtn.org to find clinic locations, services and hours, and the phone number or online registration link to set up an appointment.

Does your child have health-related expenses not covered, or not fully covered, by your family’s commercial insurance plan?  UnitedHealthcare’s Dr. Karen Cassidy joined us on a recent episode of Community Healthy Matters to discuss how the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation can possibly help. View her segment here.

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides medical grants to help pay for medical treatment, services or equipment such as surgeries, counseling, prescription medications, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses, hearing aids and physical, occupational and speech therapies. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Foundation has awarded more than 12,000 grants valued at more than $34 million to children and their families across the U.S.

Families can apply for grants for children covered by any commercial health insurance plan – not just UnitedHealthcare members. Families on TennCare or other government safety net programs, however, are not eligible as this program is designed specifically as a bridge to help families with commercial insurance that still have financial constraints, excessive out-of-pocket expenses or high deductibles.

To qualify for the grant, your child must be:

  • 16 or younger
  • Living in the U.S.,
  • Covered by a commercial insurance plan
  • Facing a health-related challenge

There are also income criteria and certain documents that are needed for an application. The application process is fully outlined on the Foundation website at UHCCF.org.

The size of the grant varies based on the child and his or her needs, and what their commercial insurance does and doesn’t cover. There’s a lifetime limit of $10,000 per child.

Among the many success stories in Tennessee, a local boy from Wilson County received a grant at age 7 to help with expenses related to surgeries to repair his cleft palette and improve his speech. Due to his positive experience, he now wants to be a doctor when he grows up so he can help other kids and families.

Think UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation may be exactly what your family needs? Learn more at UHCCF.org.

Pediatrician Dr. Deanna Bell & UnitedHealthcare’s Dr. Joel Bradley share how to optimize your child’s health checkups.

TennCare Kids

Representatives from UnitedHealthcare and TennCare explain TennCare Kids, a free child health services program, on the latest episode of Community Health Matters.