Mission & History
To make a significant difference in the health of our community by providing a safety net and increasing access to quality healthcare for all low-income, uninsured adult residents of Collier County.
PLAN will be fulfilling its mission until the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are due to be instituted in 2014. There are many variables, both federally, state-wide and locally, that could impact the implementation of the Act in 2014. As a result of these, we continue to operate as we have done in the past.
If it is fully enacted in 2014, there will still be people in Collier County who will not be able to afford the premiums, choose not to participate, or cannot gain access to providers. PLAN recognizes the potential effects of the ACA, and the staff and board continue to assess these effects as we learn more about the implications of the law.
Collier County Medical Society (CCMS) physicians were providing free medical services to its community and wanted a program that would:
- Address the gaps in access to healthcare in its community;
- Provide coordinated services;
- Embrace the Florida Department of Health’s Volunteer Healthcare Providers Act which provides sovereign immunity for pro bono care.
In 2003, CCMS launched The Collier We Care initiative based on the Project Access Buncombe County Medical Society model that presents an integrated, organized model of volunteer medical care.
In the summer of 2004, Collier We Care received its 501(c)(3) status and later became Physician Led Access Network (PLAN) of Collier County in January 2005.