MILWAUKEE, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- MilwaukeeCares has partnered with
QuadMed, the medical division of printer Quad/Graphics, to pilot a program
for coordinating free access to healthcare for low income, uninsured
patients in Milwaukee County. The pilot program will launch next week with
assistance from QuadMed's three area clinics, which are located onsite at
Quad/Graphics' West Allis facility and at Briggs & Stratton and Miller
Brewing Company. Physicians at each of the three clinic locations have
volunteered their time to provide healthcare to the uninsured -- primarily
people who work in low-paying jobs that don't offer affordable health
insurance, are self employed or have pre-existing medical conditions that
make insurance unaffordable or impossible to secure.
"We have been working long and hard to improve access to quality
healthcare for those Milwaukee County residents who have no health
insurance and are ineligible for any of the government health programs,
such as Badger Care or GAMP (General Assistance Medical Program)," said
Jacqueline Sills Ware, director of MilwaukeeCares. "With the help of
QuadMed physicians at Quad/Graphics, Briggs & Stratton and Miller Brewing
Company, we will be able to put into place a comprehensive pilot program
for enrolling, scheduling and tracking participants."
During the pilot program, 50 people who do not qualify for any
government health insurance programs will be referred to MilwaukeeCares.
MilwaukeeCares staff will determine eligibility for participation through
-- The patient's Milwaukee County residency;
-- Ineligibility for other government health insurance programs such as
Badgercare, Medicare, Medicaid and GAMP; and
-- Monthly household income between 100 percent and 200 percent of the
federal poverty guidelines limits.
Patient eligibility will be reassessed every six months to ensure
services are provided to individuals and their dependents that are most in
need of MilwaukeeCares services. The pilot program is expected to last
three months or until 50 patients are seen.
Should a patient require medication, MilwaukeeCares will refer them to
the $4 generic drug programs at Wal-Mart and Target. The patients will be
responsible for covering the cost of any prescription medications.
"Quad/Graphics has a strong commitment to the fellow residents of our
community and we're pleased to show that commitment through our
participation in this forward-thinking program," said Dr. Len Quadracci,
President of QuadMed Corporate Health Services. "Our county, like so many,
is challenged to find quality, affordable healthcare for those in need."
"We want to be a positive force for change in our community and the
healthcare system in general," added Joel Quadracci, President & CEO of
Quad/Graphics. "It's gratifying to be a part of a solution that will make a
meaningful difference in people's lives. We commend everyone associated
with MilwaukeeCares for their dedication to the residents of Milwaukee
County and setting an example for other communities nationwide."
Tom Long, President and CEO of Miller Brewing Company, reiterated Mr.
Quadracci's sentiments. "We are happy Miller Brewing Company is a part of
this important effort. Healthcare access for low income and uninsured
families is a problem both here and across the country, and we and our
partners in MilwaukeeCares feel an obligation to help ensure all people are
getting the care they require. We look forward to continued growth of the
program and its long-term success."
Jeff Mahloch, Vice President Human Resources for Briggs & Stratton,
added: "Briggs & Stratton has been a part of the Milwaukee community for
nearly 100 years. We, too, take seriously our responsibility to partner
with the community and help find solutions to issues such as rising
healthcare costs. We're happy to be a partner in this excellent pilot
Pilot program participants will be served at one of three QuadMed clinics:
555 South 108 St.
West Allis, WI 53214
Briggs & Stratton
3300 North 124th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53222
Miller Brewing Company
4400 West State Street
Milwaukee, WI 43208
MilwaukeeCares is an initiative of the Medical Society of Milwaukee
County and Partnerships for Healthy Milwaukee, an organization funded by
the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee.
MilwaukeeCares is tailored after similar programs in other communities,
including Racine's Health Care Network and is devoted to developing and
managing a coordinated system that helps uninsured people access free
primary and specialty care, hospital services and medication.
MilwaukeeCares works in partnership with community health centers and
free clinics to provide healthcare for the uninsured.
In the long run, MilwaukeeCares could save uninsured patients and the
providers who see them money by proactively identifying and treating
ailments before they become costly complications.
A 2006 study conducted by Aurora Health Care and the Wisconsin
Department of Health & Family Services found that that 55 percent of
uninsured patients had a household income of $10,000 to $30,000, which is
between 100 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines
limits. Based on household income criteria, approximately 42,240 Milwaukee
County residents qualify for MilwaukeeCares.
MilwaukeeCares is funded through multi-year grants from the Healthier
Wisconsin Partnership Program, an endowment of the Medical College of
Wisconsin; Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin Foundation; and the
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services.
Headquartered in Sussex, Wis., QuadMed is a nationwide leader in
employer-sponsored healthcare, developing and implementing innovative
programs designed to provide superior care for employees and significantly
reduce healthcare expenditures. Adhering to its model of self-funded
employee healthcare, QuadMed operates five clinics for its parent company,
Quad/Graphics, as well as clinics for Briggs & Stratton and Miller Brewing
QuadMed was founded in 1990 by Quad/Graphics, the largest privately
held printer of magazines, catalogs and other commercial products with
annual sales of $2 billion.