Building on the GFHC’s five-year strategic goal to achieve 100% universal access to health care coverage of a basic and essential nature, the vision of the Access Committee is to advocate five key principles for health care coverage:
- Affordable to individuals and families
- Affordable and sustainable for society
- High quality – effective, efficient, safe, timely, patient-centered and equitable
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as the ACA or Obamacare, was signed into law in March, 2010. To aid Genesee County residents with navigating the changes of health reform, the Access Committee has developed a resource for community members that provides valuable information and lists organizations available to assist people with buying insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace, called the “Healthcare Reform & Me: Community Fact Sheet” (listed in the resources section to the right). In addition, a calendar has been created that lists walk-in hours and appointments available at Genesee County organizations offering assistance with Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment, via www.healthcare.gov. Please use this calendar as a resource in finding the help you may need navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace.
From late 2008 through mid 2009, the Greater Flint Health Coalition and its Access Committee invited Genesee County to participate in a community-wide dialogue regarding health reform by widely circulating a draft resolution on universal access to health care through local media, newsletters, and presentations. This activity culminated in the Greater Flint Health Coalition Resolution on Universal Access to Health Care. This document reflects the input and deliberations of community members and organizations representing physicians, hospitals, business, organized labor, government, grassroots community organizations, healthcare consumers, educators, insurers, and most importantly – the residents of Genesee County.
The Resolution was adopted by the Board of Directors of the GFHC on June 15, 2009.