One in eight Knox County residents lacks health insurance, but many can still get the care they need, thanks in part to a $20,000 grant for the new Knox County CarePartners program at Pen Bay Medical Center.

Given by the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, the grant will support the start-up and first-year implementation of CarePartners, a new safety net healthcare program for low-income, uninsured adults in Knox County. With a CarePartners card, patients have access to services at Pen Bay Medical Center and other MaineHealth hospitals at low or no cost and receive special assistance filling their prescriptions.

“With CarePartners we connect people without insurance with a primary care physician, assess their needs and help them get their prescriptions,” said CarePartners Coordinator Jane Bennett. “Basically CarePartners is trying to keep people healthy, get them an appropriate level of care when needed and keep them out of the emergency room.”

Last year, Pen Bay Medical Center provided more than $3 million in charity care to 1,231 low-income community members. With this new support from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, an additional 200 low-income, uninsured adults in our community will have expanded access to healthcare and medication.

To be eligible for CarePartners, individuals must be between the ages of 19 and 64 with a household income less than 175 percent of the federal poverty level. For example, a household income for a family of four would need to be $42,438 or less.

For more information on CarePartners, contact resource and referral specialist Juanita Palmer at 921-3967.