Access to Care is a non-profit primary health care program for low-income, uninsured and UNDERINSURED individuals living in suburban Cook County, Illinois and Northwest Chicago (North of North Avenue AND west of Pulaski Road). The Access to Care program is administered by the Suburban Primary Health Care Council.
Access to Care serves those individuals who are not eligible for public health programs, i.e., CountyCare, All Kids, FamilyCare, Medicaid and Medicare.** This includes individuals who do not meet the immigration status requirement of being a legal resident for five (5) years or more. It serves individuals with family incomes under 300% of the federal poverty guidelines. It can be used as a supplement to high deductible insurance plans. **The program will also cover senior citizens who have Medicare Part A, but due to financial reasons are unable to afford Part B.
The program is a unique public/private partnership making primary health care and the ancillary pharmacy, laboratory and radiology services available to low-income individuals. Access to Care provides affordable diagnosis and treatment for illness to individuals and families for a small co-payment per doctor visit, procedure or prescription medication. Public funding and private providers form the public/private partnership.
Access to Care contracts with local providers throughout Cook County and pays them a discounted rate to provide services. Participating physicians choose the number of patients they will add to their practice. They are nominally compensated. The Access to Care program is indebted to our physicians, without them the program would cease to exist.
The need for the services of Access to Care continues to increase. It is estimated that there are nearly 44 million Americans without health insurance. Almost 400,000 of those individuals live in suburban Cook County and Northwest Chicago. Over 120,000 people have been served since the inception of the program in 1988. The program serves approximately 5,000 people each year.
Maurice Lemon, MD, MPH
Health Management Associates
Immediate Past Chair
Indiana University Health
Patricia Doherty, MPA, LD.
PLA Associates LLC
Tony Bono, MPS LD
Board of Directors
Mark Matusik, Pharm.D
Jenise Ervin, MSN
BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois
Matthew M. Fitz MD
Loyola University Medical Center
Edward A. Jones Jr.
Community & Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc.
Jennifer Koehler, JD
Loyola University Heath System
Margaret Lewis, RN, BSN
Park Forest Health Department
American Medical Association Foundation
Michael P. Schneider
South Shore Hospital
John T. Squeo, MBA
Thorek Memorial Hospital
Christine R Blue BSN, RN, MHA
Park Forest Health Department (retired)
David N Carvalho JD
Illinois Department of Public Health
Lois Coxworth-Gallagher RN, MS
The Coxworth Group (retired)
James A DeNuccio CHE, MBA
American Medical Association
Grach, Plecko, Sinkoff, Jones, Werner, & Bellamy, LLC
Charles David Hughes Jr.
Community & Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (retired)
Arnold Widen MD, MACP
Office of Illinois Attorney General (retired)
Kathryn R. Franklin
Director of Operations
Director of Finance
Manager of Development
Public Relations Manager
Clinical Case Manager
Vendor/Client Account Specialist
Community Outreach and Communications Coordinator
Suburban Primary Health Care Council, administrator of and also known as Access to Care, is in no way affiliated with Access to Care, LLC, located in Muncie, Indiana, or Access to Care Pharmacy, LLC, located in Muncie, Indiana.