Project Access: Specialty Care for the Uninsured
Project Access helps people gain timely access to needed specialty care, potentially preventing more severe medical problems, avoiding acute hospitalizations, and reducing health care costs.
Project Access is a specialty care referral network composed of a dedicated group of health care specialists, local hospitals, and diagnostic facilities that participate in a coordinated effort to provide specialty care to low-income, uninsured community members.
Hospitals participating in Nexus Montgomery serve residents of Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland. Nearly half of Maryland’s uninsured residents (46.4 percent) reside in these two counties. Nexus Montgomery provided funding to Project Access so that more uninsured individuals would have access to the specialty care they need.
Who is Eligible for Project Access?
People who may qualify for specialty care from Project Access
- Are 18 or older
- Are uninsured
- Are ineligible for Medicaid or Qualified Health Plan Subsidies
- Have a household income below 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level
- Live in Montgomery County or North-West Prince George’s County
Project Access accepts referrals from Montgomery Cares safety-net clinics and Nexus Montgomery participating hospitals. Project Access RNs screen and triage the referral requests and arrange for specialty care based on the urgency and severity of the case, as well as availability of the type of specialty care needed. Project Access case managers schedule appointments with participating physician specialists and follow up with patients to ensure they have everything they need ahead of the appointment. Specialist offices send consult reports, orders, and prescriptions back to Project Access which helps to coordinate care and arrange for any necessary diagnostic testing and medications.
Once patients’ specialty care is completed, they continue to receive primary care through their home clinic. Patients who are referred directly from a hospital and do not already have a home clinic are connected to primary care at one of a number of safety-net health centers serving our community.
Project Access is administered by the Primary Care Coalition. To learn more, please contact Clayton Marquiss, RN, Project Access Nurse Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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