Free Care for the Uninsured
Each year, about one in nine Wisconsinites goes without health insurance. Without access to basic health care, manageable conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol often go untreated until they turn into serious problems that result in preventable emergency room visits or hospitalizations.
The support of our members makes it possible for us to give away the majority of our visits to the uninsured.
According to Kaiser State Health Facts 2014 report, 9% of the Wisconsin population has no health insurance, and 4% of Wisconsin’s children are uninsured. These statistics have only decreased by 1% since we were established in 2009, and since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In the past seven years, Our Lady of Hope Clinic has donated over 6,500 free Clinic visits to uninsured members of the community who would not otherwise had access to a doctor.
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 don’t provide health benefits, and they can’t afford to purchase insurance on their own. As the Affordable Care Act was implemented, many thought that everyone in the United States would have healthcare coverage, but the ACA is NOT universal healthcare, and many are still left without access to a physician.
An Innovative Solution
Through the generosity of our benefactors and donors, Our Lady of Hope Clinic provides the area’s first primary care 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?
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. Recipients should arrive ten minutes early to schedule their appointments. Please note that we will not schedule appointments after 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. so it is imperative for would-be recipients to arrive on time.
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’s physician becomes 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.
Non-English Speakers: We do not have full-time interpreters on staff, therefore we ask you to bring an adult English-speaking family member with you for your visit if you need an interpreter. We do occasionally have access to Spanish, French and Hmong interpreters but their availability cannot be guaranteed.
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.