For children like young Micah who suffer from serious medical conditions and are born into families without insurance, oftentimes there are few options. While hospital emergency rooms provide assistance, care is not continuous and it comes at a steep cost. Through the support of United Way, children like Micah who have no insurance now can receive help from the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s Kids Healthcare Clinic.
“We are fortunate to have this grant from United Way,” said Renu Jain, MD, F.A.A.P. “Because of that grant we have been able to take care of a little girl, Micah, who has a serious medical problem and this family has no insurance.”
Kids Healthcare Clinic provides a “medical home” to children with care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate and culturally effective.
Take for example, little Micah. According to Dr. Jain, Micah was able to receive care three times in a month through United Way’s grant.
A unique feature of Kids Healthcare Clinic is that uninsured children from birth to age five receive both primary and sub-specialty care. This means that children with critical issues like cancer, digestive diseases, asthma, pneumonia, influenza and cystic fibrosis can receive help. In addition, children who have eyesight issues and behavioral or developmental issues and are struggling to learn in school can receive the assistance they need to succeed.
For the 400 uninsured children that receive help through this grant, they now have access to comprehensive primary and preventative health services, including immunizations and sub-specialty care by physician residents and students under faculty physician supervision.