Barriers to Accessing Health Insurance
Despite the increase in individuals and families able to secure health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), hospitals are the healthcare solution of last resort for the many who remain uninsured. Particularly vulnerable populations include homeless individuals who report having less knowledge of and ability to access the ACA than their housed counterparts. Another population of individuals also often in need of emergent charity care assistance are undocumented immigrants who are not eligible for Medicaid under federal guidelines.
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Fills a Void
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital (USC VHH) provides over $1 million a year in charity care to uninsured and underinsured patients. At USC VHH, patients are cared for and treated regardless of ability to pay. In addition to providing expert on-site medical care through our Emergency Department and inpatient admissions, upon discharge, USC VHH provides or secures a myriad of other resources for indigent patients. For patients who might otherwise be discharged with no home to return to, USC VHH case managers secure a sheltered location and arrange transport to that location. Medication, medical supplies, recuperative care and psychiatric facility placement are also secured at no cost for our most vulnerable patients.
Make an Impact
Patients are at the heart of everything we do at USC VHH. Philanthropic partnership will help ensure that the culture of care and patient advocacy, regardless of ability to pay, is supported and enhanced now and in perpetuity.