History of Innovations

Our History


We were innovative before it was cool.

The founders of Access Health were passionate about access to health care, with quality results. Founded in September of 1999,  the stakeholders of our company built a model that provided affordable health care and continuous health improvement to low income, uninsured individuals.

The model balanced partnerships between:

  • consumers
  • doctors
  • health systems
  • businesses
  • health advocacy groups
  • civic organizations (passionate people improving our neighborhoods and community).

Access Health completely implemented its community multi-share model of care integration and shared risks by 2003, preceding the Federal concept of ACOs in the Affordable Care Act. As such, Access Health’s C3 coverage model has demonstrated sustainable achievement of the triple aims of health reform: better health care, better health quality and lower healthcare costs.

Following suit, Access Health’s C3 Health was the first plan in the nation to be approved as Minimum Essential Coverage by the US Department of Health and Human Services. We were the first non-insurance (or insurance alternative) to be MEC-approved.

Our model and practices heave continued to evolve over time with each lesson learned with experience as well as the dynamic legislation changes in our healthcare world.

Let’s be frank, we’re good at managing risk. Using the health risk management processes from the C3 Health Plan, Access Health demonstrated 35% savings in health cost while managing the Muskegon County Health Plan for the state. These savings were reinvested in other population health improvement initiatives to extend the community’s safety net.

After a whirlwind of innovation with our community health plan, local employers sought us out to develop programs for their employees. Our Continuous Health Improvement (CHI) Program was born. Our goal then- and now- is to manage risk, improve health, and increase savings. The CHI program uses health analytics and predictive modeling to identify risks and drive population health improvement activities through member engagement and health coaching.

We focus on:

  • improving chronic disease management and incidence
  • instilling positive lifestyle behaviors
  • educating our members and the community regarding chronic conditions and lifestyle choices
  • using data to drive impactful health changes
  • forming strategic community partnerships to support our members in many aspects of life
  • discovering new ways to engage our members, integrating modern teaching techniques and emerging technologies

In our first years to our current, we are dedicated to improving the health of our community.