Forum Thursday night to examine health care challenges in York
Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | 02.22.17
(Harrisburg) -- The future of the Affordable Care Act is up for debate, but one midstate organization is trying to address problems that have existed for years.
Family First Health's in-depth study of health care found there aren't enough mental health providers or dentists in York.
But in what might be more surprising, the study also found a big gap in what people know about health care costs.
Jenny Englerth, CEO of Family First, says her group needs to do a better job of explaining what is available for people.
"There is still a significant number of people who either don't fully understand the way to get financial support in accessing health care, and or its still, the cost is too high," says Englerth.
She says they need to focus "more about how we are going to communicate directly with impacted communities about how discounts are provided, how those programs that are existing in all health care providers are best communicated to people, and what other barriers exist."
Englerth says cost continues to be one of the top issues for people, with some who get discounts still pointing out that health care is not affordable for them.
Family First is hosting a public forum Thursday night to discuss the results and develop solutions.
WITF's Transforming Health and the York Daily Record are partners in the event.
Englerth says it will take the themes from the event and gather leaders from the community together to come up with more tangible solutions.
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