Where We Serve
The service area of HAHC includes all of Bedford County, a rural 1,017 square mile area bordering Maryland in the southwest portion of PA. Multiple areas in Bedford County are designated Medically Underserved Areas(MUA). The total population of Bedford County is 49,762 (Census 2010). The population is predominantly white(98.1%) with small numbers of Hispanics, African Americans and Asians.
More than a third of residents, 36.6%(18,115 people) live below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guildeline(FPG), and 12.8% of residents(6,318 people) live below 100% of the FPG. Approximately 11.9% of the population is wholly uninsured, and 36.1% have public coverage (Medicaid or Medicare)(Source: US Census, 2008, 2010 3Year Estimates). A disproportionate number of residents grew up unaccustomed to utilizing preventative care.
Barriers to care include a shortage of dental providers(especially those willing to accept patients with Medicaid or the uninsured), lack of ability to pay for care, and distance and travel time required to reach affordable care. These barriers have resulted in significant dental health disparities.