Thursday, September 16, 2010
Broward Health’s MOPED Program Expands, Offering Health Insurance and Hope to the Uninsured in Broward County
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Broward Health is continuing its mission to help the growing numbers of eligible uninsured patients in Broward County gain access to medical coverage.
Based on its success at Broward General Medical Center, the Medicaid Out-Patient Eligibility Department (MOPED) is expanding its coverage to additional Broward Health facilities. Currently offered at Broward General Medical Center and Coral Springs Medical Center, MOPED departments are slated to open at North Broward Medical Center and Imperial Point Medical Center in September and October 2010, respectively.
MOPED was created in May of 2009 at Broward General Medical Center to address the needs of the increasing number of qualified patients who are uninsured or underinsured. The goal of the department is to improve access to medical care for those living within the Broward Health service area, enrolling those that qualify into Medicaid and other financial assistance programs.
Since its implementation in 2009, over 27,000 patient visits to the MOPED offices have been recorded, with an increase of 28% in patient volume from 2009 to 2010. Additionally, more than 2,200 patient Medicaid applications and over 7,000 patient charity/tax fund applications have been completed since the program’s inception.
In addition to providing insurance support, MOPED offers support in eligibility processing for financial assistance, Medicaid, charity care/tax funds and other state and federally funded programs. Application assistance for food stamps, discounted phone service and temporary cash is also available.
“The expansion of the MOPED program to other Broward Health facilities and the addition of more strategic partnerships will continue to ensure an easy, accessible way for uninsured people to qualify for health insurance,” said Mark Doyle, chief financial officer for Broward Health /Broward General Medical Center. “This initiative addresses our community’s needs, and I am pleased to be a part of its continued success.”
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.