It is our mission is to extend comprehensive primary healthcare and pharmacy services at no cost to uninsured patients with chronic illness who otherwise often forgo routine medical care because of a lack of resources.
But what does that all mean?
There’s a gap in our healthcare safety net because there are people with chronic conditions in Northwest Louisiana who make too much money for Medicaid but not enough to afford private insurance. We know that some people are not receiving the care they need. As a result, they are forced to struggle alone with their health.
Chronic conditions are not like allergies that won’t go away. Chronic conditions, when left untreated, land people in the emergency room. Hospital debt only exacerbates feelings of hopelessness for those already living paycheck to paycheck.
What we do at MLK Health is close the healthcare gap for the working poor by offering comprehensive primary care and pharmacy services at no cost to the uninsured who struggle with chronic conditions. We do it because we understand working two jobs to make ends meet isn’t always enough. We do it because families are stronger when parents are healthy. We do it because we want local businesses to have healthy employees and consumers able to buy their products. We do it because we want people to have the energy to sit out on the porch to get to know their neighbors. Our list goes on…
Most people just want to be able to take care of their families. When you’re sick, that’s hard to do. When you’re sick and without access to healthcare, it seems impossible to do. We don’t just work to manage chronic conditions. We work to restore hope to families.