Our Work in Country
Throughout the United States, we respond to the health care needs of low-income, uninsured and under-insured people by supporting more than 1000 health care safety net facilities across the country, as well as offering direct primary care through four of our own free clinics in Connecticut. We provide our partners with access to medicine, vaccines, medical supplies and hygiene products to alleviate patient and organizational costs and improve the delivery of quality care. We complement our product donations with resources and targeted initiatives that are building capacity in clinics across the country, strengthening the delivery of health care in their communities. We respond with emergency programs when natural disasters like hurricanes, tornados and wildfires strike.
Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was projected to address the issues of health care access and affordability, it is not a panacea, and now with its future uncertain, access to care for the nation’s uninsured population will continue to be a critical problem. The latest projections from the Congressional Budget Office estimate that 30 million people would still be uninsured in 2023 even if the ACA remained unchanged. Further contributing to the ongoing need to serve uninsured populations, all states are likely to face forces driving demand for free care. These include: exacerbation of the shortage of primary care providers; continued decline in employer-sponsored health insurance; and, challenges to insurance affordability even with ACA subsidies.
Among the low-income, uninsured population in the U.S., chronic diseases account for more than 75 percent of U.S. health care expenditures and are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 45 percent of all uninsured, nonelderly adults report having at least one chronic condition. Specifically, the Urban Institute reports that 4 million (14 percent) of nonelderly adults reporting hypertension are uninsured, and 1.2 million (15 percent) of nonelderly adults reporting diabetes are uninsured. Our support for chronic disease prevention, treatment and management continues with our safety net partners and our own free clinics here in Connecticut.