Texas Health Kaufman hospital has initiated the Healthy Education Lifestyle Program (HELP) to assist uninsured residents with chronic disease management through lifestyle changes, as well as affordable health care.

Patients must be at least 18 years old and uninsured or under only Medicare Part A with one or more conditions: diabetes mellitus (Type A or B), hypertension, high cholesterol and/or congestive heart failure.

Under the program, the patient must attend HELP appointments monthly, including participating in the education sessions and support group; pay $10 co-pay per month; make a conscious effort to make lifestyle changes to improve the management of any and all of the chronic disease conditions; have lab work completed as ordered by the nurse practitioner on site (no additional charge); cancellations require 24 hours’ notice and patients are expected to show up for their appointment time – exceptions handled on a case by case basis; if arriving 15 minutes or later for an appointment, it may be necessary to reschedule; three cancelled or “no show” appointments in a 6-month period will result in removal from the program; two “no show” appointments for a new patient appointment will result in denial to the program.

Education is a vital part of the program, and after a new patient visit, each follow up will include a group education session.

The program does not accept walk-ins and does not deal with pain management.

To enroll or for information call 972-932-5238.


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