A new healthcare initiative could lead to medical coverage for more local workers.
The Blair County Chamber of Commerce is now offering businesses a low-cost healthcare program for their workers. It promises no deductibles, no co-pays, no waiting to see a doctor, and substantial prescription coverage.
The Empower 3 Center for Health program was developed by Dr. Zane Gates, who's well-known for establishing free and low-cost clinics, in partnership with UPMC Altoona. The plan's designed for people who make 100% to 300% of the poverty level.
Under the program, employers would pay $135 a month toward the plan, employees would contribute $34.
Patrick Reilly, an insurance broker who helped Gates design the plan, says Empower 3 is approved by the government as an alternative to the federal health exchanges.
People in the plan would get routine medical care at Dr. Gates clinic and their hospital treatment at UPMC Altoona.
Businesses can contact Empower3 Center for Health at 1-800-925-0611. They have to be Blair County Chamber members to take part in the program.