Access continues to be an issue
Since its inception, Generations has focused on access to care as a key strategy for improving health.
One major barrier to accessing care is lack of health insurance. Much of Generations’ early work focused on developing innovative local programs to expand health coverage options in order to reduce the rate of those who are uninsured and under-insured.
The passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 brought expanded health coverage opportunities and allowed Generations to discontinue some programs. Generations now partners with area organizations on the Insure Duluth Coalition and receives a MNsure grant to enroll area residents in health coverage programs. With these expanded coverage options, this region’s rate of uninsured is at a historic low point of 4%.
Other critical areas of access to care are mental health and dental care. Generations supports community efforts in both of these areas.