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VCC increases access to primary care by 16,000

By June 17, 2007April 15th, 2014No Comments

Richmond, VA -RISC began working on increasing access to primary care for the uninsured in 2007. Organization leaders learned that Greater Richmond was home to 57,000 low-income uninsured persons with no access to primary care. RISC leaders discovered that Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), which runs a public hospital, had access to more than $100 million in state and federal money specifically delegated for care for the uninsured. At the 2009 Nehemiah Action, with 1,000 people present, RISC received a written commitment from the CEO of VCU Health Systems to increase access to primary care for the uninsured through the Virginia Coordinated Care program. At the 2010 Action, VCU agreed to take further steps to increase access to primary care. From 2008 to 2011, the number of uninsured low-income individuals enrolled in the VCU program has increased from 11,000 to 27,000