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Community Organizations Connect Harrisburg Families To Health Care

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Nearly 1,000 children and more than 6,700 adults in the city of Harrisburg are not receiving adequate healthcare or do not have health insurance.  To address this gap in care and coverage, PinnacleHealth, Capital BlueCross, and Hamilton Health Center have partnered with Dauphin County on a program called Bridges to Care to connect people to much-needed health care.

Launched in April, the program’s mission is to identify, enroll and coordinate healthcare services for Harrisburg area children up to age 19 who are uninsured or medically underserved. The program also provides family-centered support to parents or guardians of these children.

A recent study shows that low-income families with uninsured adults are three times more likely to have uninsured children versus households with adults covered by private insurance or Medical Assistance. By engaging parents in the process and in their own health, Bridges to Care can emphasize healthcare within the family as a unit.

Dauphin County Children and Youth Services and Juvenile Probation Offices provided the program’s initial referrals of eligible children and families when the program started in April.

Since then, SMILES and Faith Community Health Connection have become referring agencies. Additional community organizations serving the Harrisburg area will be selected to make referrals to the program in the future.

For more information about Bridges to Care, call 1-844-2BRIDGE, or email hjackson@BridgesForCare.com.

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