The Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership (CHAP) provides a coordinated system of healthcare access for the county’s low-income, uninsured adults. CHAP was founded on the principle of shared responsibility and is represented by its founding members, including hospital systems, community health centers, free clinics, local governments, foundations, and other key organizations in the Cuyahoga County health arena.
CHAP’s Access Plan makes it easier for uninsured adults to get the health care they need. Through its coordinated network, CHAP connects patients without insurance to providers who offer discounted primary care and specialty care.
CHAP grew out of the Access to a Medical Home Initiative that was supported by the Saint Luke’s Foundation and Cuyahoga County in 2008. In 2009, CHAP’s founding partners committed to establishing CHAP as a new 501c3 organization. In 2018, CHAP transitioned to become a program of Medworks.
CHAP works with provider partners and community stakeholders by connecting consumers to available health coverage products. As part of CHAP’s role as a partnership-based organization, CHAP serves as a community convener for the Northeast Ohio Outreach & Enrollment Council. The NEO O&E Council includes navigators, certified application counselors, in-person assisters, and other community stakeholders interested in a collaborative approach to outreach and enrollment efforts in Northeast Ohio.