Health care is a right, not a privilege. 

Posted on December 20, 2017

The Brandywine Health Foundation has been supporting area organizations that provide quality and affordable healthcare to those in need, that speak for the voiceless, and that represent those who are underrepresented in the quest for equal access to health care.  Here is what our grantee organizations say about their work and how BHF has helped:

Public Citizens for Children and Youth

Colleen McCauley, Health Policy Director

Every kid needs access to health insurance.  BHF was the first private foundation to fund our work.  They had the courage and vision to support advocacy work when many other foundations did not.  BHF was a trailblazer, and has shown themselves to be part of the solution instead of being part of the problem.

BHF funds extended eligibility for PA kids.  There are about 24,000 unauthorized immigrant children that are uninsured in PA.    Perhaps as many as 1,000 in Coatesville.  The number of children of Hispanic origin is increasing at Chester County schools.  The planned changes by the US Government to the health care system will not serve children better.

Maternal and Child Health Consortium (MCHC)

Milena Oberti Lanz, Executive Director

BHF funding advocacy work allows MCHC to support community members who may not be able to navigate the healthcare system on their own. Without funding for advocacy, our staff would not be able to complete the follow-up procedures that other programs may be lacking and consequentially causing children, families, and individuals to lose their chance of receiving affordable, accessible, and adequate healthcare.

MCHC’s Family Benefits Specialists in the Family Benefits Program secures healthcare insurance for children by educating the community through outreach events, school district outreach, and community meetings.

We collaborate with local Chester County school districts to raise awareness about affordable health coverage and the services that the Family Benefits Program provides through application assistance for Medicaid and CHIP.

We have also embedded our information within the school district registration process.  Campuses distribute our back-to-school bilingual flyer.

During the 2016-2017 reporting period, we participated in 225 outreach activities including health fairs, school events, community events, community network meetings, and presentations.  We were able to reach over 4,540 individuals through outreach activities. 

So far in 2017, we have hosted three trainings to strengthen our collaboration efforts.

MCHC continues to provide assistance and advocacy to all qualifying community members despite the uncertainly of the future of the healthcare system.

Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN)

Antionette Krause, Director

 There is an insecurity with ACA and the political scene.  Open enrollment is shorter, and there have been cuts in funding – especially in the Navigator funding (Navigators do just that – help people navigate the enrollment process.)

Our job now is to make sure people stay enrolled.  There is more work to be done, and a concern that numbers could go backwards.  We plan to spread the word – reaching out to prospects – by using faith based communities.

Currently, there are 90,000 enrolled in PA.  Chester County is a real success story!  In Chester County, 20,144 people are enrolled in a Marketplace plan, and 12,554 have gained coverage through the ACA’s Medicaid Expansion.  Chester County’s uninsured rate has gone from 8% to 3& since 2013.

Approximately 1 in 4 Chester County Marketplace enrollees reside in the Greater Coatesville area.