New Orleans, LA (December 1, 2014) – 504HealthNet is proud to report the Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection (GNOCHC) 1115 Waiver has been approved for two more years, through December 31, 2016. This means that safety net clinics in the greater New Orleans area will receive continued federal and state Medicaid funding to pay for critically important primary care and behavioral health services. GNOCHC participants are adults who are under 100 percent of the federal poverty level, who are not eligible for regular Medicaid, and who live in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.
Continuing this program means 54,000 GNO residents will continue to receive primary, preventative, and behavioral health services in our community. It also means more than 300 people in health centers across the metro area will keep their jobs, and the state health department will ultimately save millions in projected healthcare costs it would have incurred from a dramatic increase in emergency room visits from people who otherwise would not have been able to access care.
“We’re thrilled that the state and federal government have continued to support and fund this important healthcare program, and we know that this program is making a huge impact on the lives of GNO residents” said Susan Todd, Executive Director of 504HealthNet. “Continuing to fund this program for the next two years means a lot for patients who are looking to stay healthy in their community.”
By providing $10 million in funding from the current state’s budget, GNOCHC will approximately draw down an additional $16 million in federal funding to deliver care to low-income citizens who do not qualify for Medicaid, but who also do not have private health benefits from their employers.
504HealthNet is a non-profit organization comprised of 22 community health service providers representing the primary care and behavioral health safety net for Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines Parishes. Together, we are working collaboratively to better meet the primary care and behavioral health needs of low-income, uninsured, and underinsured residents in the Greater New Orleans area.
GNOCHC is a program that supports 504HealthNet members, a network of community health centers working collaboratively to better meet the primary care and behavioral health care needs of low-income, uninsured and underinsured residents in Greater New Orleans.
Susan Todd, 504-383-5524