Kansas City Medical Society Foundationsarah shipley2019-05-14T14:10:15+00:00
Who We Are
Metro Care is a community partnership to improve access to medical care for low-income, uninsured residents of Jackson, Clay and Platte counties. It is part of the Kansas City Medical Foundation, the charitable arm of the Kansas City Medical Society
How we provide access to care.
With the help of funders, volunteer physicians, and a dedicated staff, Metro Care provides the uninsured with access to health care services.
The relationships between Metro Care, in partnership with Northland Health Care Access, safety net clinics, local hospitals, and both primary and specialty care practices remain strong. Metro Care and its extensive network will continue to improve access to medical care for uninsured patients through volunteerism among health care providers.
Wy Jo Care is here to help. We are a part of the charitable arm of the Kansas City Medical Society – The Kansas City Medical Foundation. We serve Wyandotte and Johnson County residents.
How we provide access to care
Wy Jo Care is a community partnership to improve access to specialty health care for low-income, uninsured residents of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties. It is designed to enhance the work of existing safety net clinics and other community agencies.
Many physicians already care for low-income, uninsured patients; however, there is limited access to specialist care through the Safety Net Clinics. Wy Jo Care helps fill that need. Wy Jo Care demonstrates the commitment of physicians and other health care providers to patients and our community in a way that is organized, efficient, and properly recognized. It is an opportunity for physicians, hospitals, city and county government, and other community agencies to help existing low-income clinics and agencies provide needed care a way that is coordinated, efficient, and more effective than any single entity could provide alone.
What is a pledge?
A pledge consists of a completed medical treatment plan for each patient. There may be multiple appointments and services related to the completion of each treatment plan.
What does it mean to pledge?
By pledging, you are giving a self-determined level of commitment as to the number of new patients you will accept during a calendar year. These are both patients you identify through your office as well as referrals from other physicians, safety net clinics and hospitals providing primary and episodic care. Having your commitment helps our charity care network run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
What are typical pledge levels?
Specialty care physicians typically pledge to accept 12-24 new patients.
Can I change my pledge during the year?
Yes, if the needs of your practice change during the year you may adjust your pledge by contacting the Kansas City Medical Foundation office.
Why does Metro Care and/or Wy Jo Care need a pledge of my commitment?
By knowing your commitment and the commitment of your colleagues, we are able to form a charity care network and make this network run as efficiently as possible, getting patients to needed services.
The basic eligibility requirements for Metro Care are:
Patient must live in either Clay, Platte or Jackson Counties.
Patient must have a low income.
The patient may not be eligible for any healthcare programs, including insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, VA Benefits, TriCare, catastrophic or hospitalization insurance or Workman’s Compensation Benefits.
Physician/health care providers do NOT need to worry about testing patients for income standards. Metro Care completed this as part of the eligibility screening.
The basic eligibility requirements for Wy Jo Care are:
A resident of Wyandotte or Johnson County. Three-month minimum residency.
Have no medical insurance
Not eligible for government medical assistance, such as Medicare, Medicaid, VA benefits, or KanCare
18 years of age or older.
Below or at 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level for total household income.
Referred by a primary care provider or safety net clinic
Learn about MetroCare and WyJoCare
Want to know more about Charitable Care? Learn all about WyJoCare and MetroCare in the video below.