Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Broward General Medical Center Works with Hispanic Unity of Florida to Help Hispanic Community Obtain Medical Financial Assistance
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Broward Health Broward General Medical Center (BGMC) and Hispanic Unity, Inc., of Florida are working together to assist Broward County’s Spanish-speaking community obtain available medical financial assistance.
Established last year, BGMC’s M.O.P.E.D. (Medicaid Out-Patient Eligibility Department) is designed to navigate individuals who have medical financial responsibilities, but do not have health insurance through the financial assistance application process. The collaboration with Hispanic Unity takes the program a step further by reaching out to potentially eligible patients at the Hispanic Unity Centers.
The M.O.P.E.D. program helps patients in financial need apply for assistance programs like Medicaid and other State and Federally funded programs, tax funds and charity care. The staff includes five financial counselors and bilingual English-, Spanish- and Creole-speaking employees.
“The process that we’ve established with Hispanic Unity is allowing them to screen their clients, assist with information and document gathering and schedule appointments so we can finalize applications and help these patients apply for the financial resources available to them,” said Martha Walsh, Broward General’s Regional Manager of Patient Access.
“Since M.O.P.E.D. was established we have been making every effort to accommodate as many people as possible. Our relationship with Hispanic Unity is setting the stage for us to partner with other groups and assist even more patients in need,” Walsh said.
The M.O.P.E.D. office is located in Broward General Medical Center’s main lobby and is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients or their responsible parties can obtain information make an appointment directly by calling 954-355-5442. To begin the application process through Hispanic Unity, patients can call 954-342-0300.
Founded in 1982, recognizing Broward's growing role as a haven for Spanish-speaking immigrants and refugees, Hispanic Unity of Florida, Inc., began as a non-profit organization that put out the welcome mat for newcomers from other lands. The organization then offered English classes, job placement, emergency assistance, information and referral and a wide range of other services designed to ease this transition. The organization is now the Broward County’s largest non-profit dedicated to serving the Hispanic population. Its services have been expanded to offer health education, HIV/AIDS education, prevention and outreach, free tax preparation, summer camps, children's literacy and a senior activity center.
Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world-class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.BrowardHealth.org.