Wednesday, October 1, 2008

‘Healthy Howard’ Healthcare Access Plan Launches Today


The Healthy Howard Access Plan or HHAP provides access to primary, specialty and hospital care, as well as prescriptions for a premium of ranging between $50-$85 a month. The program, funded by individual premiums, county general fund dollars and charitable contributions, aims to “fill in the gaps” of the county’s uninsured residents. According to the Howard County website, “The Healthy Howard Access Plan connects Howard County residents to affordable health care services and helps members overcome barriers to healthy living.” HHAP is set to launch today, Wednesday, October 1st. Applications can be submitted on Thursday, October 2nd at specific locations. Dr. Peter Beilenson, Howard County health commissioner, said in a recent article on Healthcareblog.com that “this is the most ambitious local effort at universal coverage since San Francisco launched a universal coverage plan in April 2007.” This Plan is a big step forward at providing affordable healthcare for every person, and is hopefully going to be the first of many similar county-run programs in the future.

HHAP eligibility is based on age, income and location.

For more information on the Healthy Howard Plan visit the official website.

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