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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: To provide Lucas County (Ohio) residents who have a household income below 200% of the federal poverty guideline and who are not eligible for public or private health care coverage with access to coordinated healthcare services for free or on a sliding fee scale.

Results: Between 2003 - 2010, more than 20,000 unduplicated Lucas County residents have received over $112 million in medical services. Emergency Department usage decreased by 10% from 2009 to 2010 and during the same time frame, Inpatient days decreased by 8%, despite an increase in total membership.

Target demographics: Any uninsured Lucas County resident who has a household income below 200% of the federal poverty guideline and who is not eligible for public or private health coverage.

Geographic areas served: Lucas County Ohio

Programs: Programs to connect low income, uninsured members to primary and specialty care physicians, hospital services, and other needed health services.

toledo-lucas county carenet provided navigation services for ohio medicaid and the federal healthcare marketplace. Due to medicaid eligibility expanding in ohio to 138% of the federal poverty level, carenet focused on access to care for low income residents of lucas county, regardless of their insurance status, to help newly covered individuals utilize their coverage effectively and address barriers to care. More than 1000 people have been navigated to health insurance in 2014.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been without insurance for more than 3 years when I found out about CareNet. In that time I had put off going to the Doctor's and not taking my medications because I could not afford to go. I went to the ER only if I felt I had no other recourse to take. As someone who is in need of medical care due to my health issues (just a few = Fibromyalgia, Migraines, and Arthritis) that was a very trying time in my life. CareNet has been a blessing and such a huge help to me, and I have been able to medically get back on track. Having people stand with you in trying to figure out what is wrong, instead of just trying to shove pills at you, or tell you that you aren’t worth fighting for…well, it’s just amazing! I honestly can not thank them enough. I love that CareNet provides support to not only myself, but also to the local community. There is just no other resource for people like me who fall through the cracks

Client Served

Rating: 5

CareNet has been invaluable to our family. My boyfriend was laid off and having problems with his eyes. CareNet was able to find a volunteer ophthalmologist to see him and then linked my boyfriend to another organization which provided him with free prescription glasses. His headaches went away and he had no difficulty with his next placement test for work. He's now employed with private health insurance!


Rating: 5

As one of the few collaborative efforts in the country, Toledo Ohio hospitlas have joined together to donate healthcare to adults who can not afford to pay and do not qualify for federal programs. Doctors also donate their time to care for CareNet members. Since 2003 nearly 20,000 Lucas County residents have benefitted from more than $100 million of coordinated healthcare services. Every dollar donated to CareNet leverages $50 of healthcare services for people in need. It's a healthy return on everyone's investment.