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April 16, 2013

Kaiser Permanente Announces $64,000 Grant to Health Access Pueblo

PUEBLO, Colo. — Kaiser Permanente Colorado today announced that it has awarded a $64,000 grant from the Kaiser Permanente Community Health Fund* to Health Access Pueblo. The funding will support health coaching, cost sharing and access to the services needed to prevent chronic disease, control health conditions that are already present, and promote overall wellness.

Health Access Pueblo

Established in 2007 through partnerships with local health care providers, businesses and governmental organizations, Health Access Pueblo offers an additional health insurance option for the more than 13,000 residents of Pueblo County who are employed and do not have health insurance.

Health Access Pueblo works directly with business owners and their W-2 employees who are not covered through group health insurance plans. It is estimated that approximately 58 percent of Colorado’s uninsured population is employed. Typically, these individuals are unable to access coverage because their employers cannot afford to pay the monthly insurance premiums and they are not able to cover the cost themselves.

As of January 2013, 350 people were enrolled in Health Access Pueblo. Kaiser Permanente’s grant funding to the organization will drive membership and assist Health Access Pueblo in developing a reserve account to pay medical claims and sustain operating costs.

The average Health Access Pueblo employer group has 3.1 employees who earn an average of $12.85 per hour. The enrollment cost is split between the employer and employee. Upon enrollment, all members are required to complete a health plan with the organization’s RN Health Advisor, who then serves as their health coach. Health Access Pueblo has no deductibles, covers prescription drug benefits and charges low co-pays for the services members receive. Members also receive free annual well visits.

“Health Access Pueblo thanks Kaiser Permanente for their generous support,” said Laura Kelly, president and CEO of Health Access Pueblo. “We are excited to partner with an organization that believes, as do we, in the importance of routine primary care with a focus on prevention, wellness and health education for our members. Our shared community values make for an ideal collaboration.”

“Kaiser Permanente is honored to partner with Health Access Pueblo, an organization that has really developed an evidence-based foundation for delivering preventive care,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of Government and External Relations for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “We know that many Coloradans balance being able to put food on the table with paying their medical bills. Health Access Pueblo serves as a critical safety net for these hardworking individuals and their employers in Pueblo.”

As Colorado’s largest nonprofit health plan, Kaiser Permanente actively works to give back to the communities it serves. To learn more about the Kaiser Permanente community benefit program, go to kp.org/communitybenefit.

* The Denver Foundation is a community foundation serving the seven-county Metro Denver area. The Kaiser Permanente Community Health Fund is administered by The Denver Foundation as a donor-advised fund. The Denver Foundation administers more than 900 funds for businesses, individuals and families, established for a wide range of charitable purposes since its founding in 1925.

About Health Access Pueblo
Health Access Pueblo (HAP) is a community-based not-for-profit organization developed to provide affordable, basic health coverage for the working uninsured in Pueblo County, Colorado. HAP is an employer-sponsored plan for moderate-income individuals employed in Pueblo County. The program enjoys the support of community leaders, businesses, providers, and local hospital systems.

Not considered traditional health insurance by legislation, Health Access Pueblo is a “Community Healthcare Partnership” with a limited geographical service area and benefits. The program is designed to improve community health, not merely maintain it. To reach its goal of achieving optimal health for each member, HAP requires the commitment and investment from each participant to be active in their own health care management. In order for the program to be successful in improving health and maintaining costs, the organization strives to do things differently: Partnerships with Kaiser Permanente, Parkview Medical Center, St. Mary Corwin Medical Center, and the Pueblo City-County Health Department assist in achieving the goals of primary care access, health education and wellness, connection to community resources, and improved overall quality of life. For more information, visit Health Access Pueblo at www.healthaccesspueblo.org.

About Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, proudly working to improve the lives and health of Colorado residents for more than 40 years. Kaiser Permanente Colorado provides comprehensive health care services to more than 538,000 members through 26 medical offices and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. The health plan was named “Highest in Member Satisfaction” among Commercial Health Plans by J.D. Power and Associates for the sixth straight year. Kaiser Permanente was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the top-ranked commercial health plan in Colorado, No. 6 in the nation and the second ranked Medicare plan in the U.S. Kaiser Permanente was also recently recognized as a 2012 Hypertension Champion by Million Hearts™. In 2011, Kaiser Permanente proudly directed more than $90 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit kp.org/newscenter or follow us on twitter @kpcolorado or facebook.com/kpcolorado.