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Care for the Uninsured

A Growing Problem Espaol

Each year, one in every nine Wisconsin residents go at least part of the year without health insurance. In Dane County alone, that number adds up to nearly 40,000 people that go without access to even basic health care.

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Government programs like BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid provide care for the poorest, but working poor families are often ineligible for medical assistance. In fact, more than 75 percent of uninsured individuals are employed. But their jobs dont provide health benefits, and they cant afford to purchase insurance on their own.

Uninsured residents who have slipped through the cracks often end up in the emergency room for routine ailments like ear infections. And without access to basic health care, manageable conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol often go untreated until they turn into serious problems that result in preventable emergency room visits or hospital stays. Already struggling families end up facing mountains of debt that could be avoided.

An Innovative Solution

Through the generosity of our benefactors and donors, Our Lady of Hope Clinic provides the areas first full-time free clinic to provide the care uninsured patients need to get healthy and stay healthy.

This innovative solution takes the first step toward solving a very large problem. Our Lady of Hope Clinic is honored to continue the longstanding Catholic health care tradition by providing corporal works of mercy to those in need.

How Can Recipients Schedule Appointments? Espaol

Uninsured recipients can schedule appointments in person on a walk-in basis every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 9:00 a.m. or Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. We are closed on Wednesdays. Please note that although we try to see every recipient that walks in our door, due to an increased demand in our services, we cannot guarantee an appointment on any given day.

To ensure that we can dedicate our time and resources to individuals who have no access to primary care, we ask recipients to bring in their eligibility denial letter. Recipients receive this letter from the county or state after applying for medical assistance (BadgerCare or Medicaid). Our Lady of Hope Clinic physicians become the primary care provider for recipients who qualify for our services, thereby ensuring they receive the necessary continuity of care important for meeting their health care needs. We will reassess eligibility on a yearly basis.

On some occasions, the need for our services exceeds our capacity to provide care. On those days, we will invite recipients to return another day. As we bring on additional benefactors and donors, our capacity to serve the uninsured will increase.

To learn how you can assist our mission of providing compassionate care to those in need, click here.