Project Access exists to assist communities across the nation with establishing and sustaining coordinated systems of charity care. There are ten active Project Access programs in North Carolina, each unique to its own community. The goal of Project Access in Johnston County is to provide the opportunity for every uninsured resident to visit a primary care physician and receive quality and professional care.
What is Project Access?
Project Access of Johnston County is a physician-volunteer initiative that gives low-income, uninsured county residents access to comprehensive medical care. Through Project Access, physicians and community partners like Johnston Health donate medical services without receiving reimbursement or compensation.
Project Access is not health insurance. It is, however, an innovative program designed to help community residents stabilize their health in a time of need when health insurance is not available.
Facts & Numbers
Over 26,000 Johnston County residents do not have health insurance. With 18% of its residents uninsured, Johnston County ranks 42nd among North Carolina’s 100 counties. Since 2008, over 1300 residents of Johnston County have enrolled in Project Access and received access to primary care, specialty care, or ancillary services. Over $9.1 Million in donated medical services has been provided to qualified and enrolled patients in the Project Access program of Johnston County. In addition to access to healthcare, Project Access locates low-cost or free medication for enrolled patients. Since inception, over $3.0 Million in free medications have been located through Prescription Medication Programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate?
Project Access is available to low-income, uninsured residents up to age 64, who are not eligible for Medicaid, Medicare, worker’s compensation, VA benefits, or any other type of health insurance plan or coverage.
How do I qualify?
To qualify for enrollment in Project Access:
- You must be a resident of Johnston County.
- You must NOT qualify for ANY type of health insurance benefit.
- Your must meet the income guidelines.
What kind of care can I receive?
Project Access physicians and Johnston Health will donate primary care, specialty services, including lab, x-ray, and other diagnostic testing and limited pharmacy coverage.
How will prescription drugs be covered?
Project Access will assist you in locating low-cost or free prescription drug programs.
How can I be of assistance to Project Access?
First, if you know of someone who might benefit from enrolling in Project Access, have them get in touch with a representative of the program to see if they qualify.
Community Volunteers are needed to help with fundraising campaigns and to assist with initial health screenings. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit www.johnstonhealth.org or contact us at 919-550-0011.
Physicians are encouraged to contact us if they have patients in their office that have no health insurance and are receiving free consultations. Project Access can help physicians enroll them in our program to get access to medical services. Have these individuals contact a representative of the program to see if they qualify.
If you or your practice is interested in supporting Project Access by becoming a community partner through donated medical services or an Advisory Board member, please contact our Director Georgia Anthony at 919-398-8088.
For more information on Project Access and to see if you qualify for assistance, please contact us. Project Access is located in the Johnston Medical Mall across the street from Johnston Health. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30pm.
P.O. Box 2490
Smithfield, NC 27577
Phone: 919-550-0011 ext. 1