Bi-State Primary Care Association
Bi-State Primary Care Association, serving Vermont and New Hampshire, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization established in 1986 that promotes access to effective and affordable primary care and preventive services for all, with special emphasis on underserved populations in New Hampshire and Vermont.
Bi-State Urges Governor, Legislature to Continue Negotiations on Crucial Health Care Coverage
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE (Nov. 20, 2013) – The Governor, the House of Representatives, and the Senate worked tirelessly over the last year to craft a New Hampshire-specific solution to our state’s health care crisis. Compromises were made on both sides and both sides agreed to offer premium assistance programs to low-income families. If favorable negotiations continue, an estimated 58,000 New Hampshire residents will have access to crucial health care coverage. Bi-State Primary Care Association and its members urge the Governor and the Legislature to continue negotiations on the largest reform to our state’s health care system in recent history. READ MORE.
Health Care Access Expands - New Access Points in Vermont and New Hampshire
NEW HAMPSHIRE - VERMONT – Nearly 33,000 Vermonters will soon find access to primary and preventive care much easier now that Gifford Health Care, Mountain Health Center, and Battenkill Valley Health Center have been awarded the designation and funding to operate as Federally Qualified Health Centers. The U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced three awards of $2.4 million to bring primary care services to thousands of people living in medically underserved areas. The three new FQHCs join eight established FQHCs in Vermont; together they provide primary care to 163,000 people. “We are so excited! This designation will truly transform Gifford. We are ecstatic that this opportunity will increase access to primary medical, dental, and mental health care. And in the face of health care reform, Gifford will now be better positioned to provide the right care at the right time, as both a Critical Access Hospital and Federally Qualified Health Center. I am very grateful to the volunteer Board of Trustees and their leadership on this issue. They have committed their time and expertise to make this a reality for us and the larger community.” – Joseph Woodin, CEO.
In New Hampshire, Mid-State Health Center was designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center and awarded $812,500 to extend medical, dental, behavioral, and lower-cost pharmacy services to their patients. Indian Stream Health Center received a grant for $456,793 to establish a new FQHC satellite center in northeastern Essex County, VT. New Hampshire has 12 FQHCs providing primary and preventive health care services to approximately 76,000 people living in medically underserved regions of the state. "Although Mid-State Health Center has been providing services to our communities for years, this funding will allow us to institute oral health services in our Bristol office and will move our health center toward financial sustainability. We are excited to partner with HRSA, the Bureau of Primary Health Care, and Bi-State to further our mission in Central New Hampshire." –Sharon Beaty, CEO. Bi-State Primary Care Association staff provided technical assistance and support to all the grant applicants to help prepare each organization to qualify and submit successful grant applications. READ MORE.
Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance
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Health Insurance Enrollment Asistance
Bi-State Primary Care Association is providing consumer education, outreach, and personal enrollment assistance for Vermont residents using Vermont Health Connect to purchase insurance.
For decades, Vermont has been a pioneer in health reform – working to make quality, affordable health care an option for all Vermonters. Vermont Health Connect is Vermont’s state administered exchange providing access to health insurance for all Vermonters.
Who should use Vermont Health Connect?
Vermonters who are offered “unaffordable” coverage by their employers.
Small businesses in Vermont that provide coverage for their employees.
Contact Bi-State Primary Care Association for additional VT information: (802) 229-0002 x 220