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March 2016

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and Central Texas Housing Consortium Break Ground on Community Garden

Patricia Camacho-Longoria, Executive Director, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas, and Barbara Bozon, CTHC’s Executive Director, cut a ceremonial ribbon as Dr. Health E. Hound looks on.
Patricia Camacho-Longoria, Executive Director, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas, and Barbara Bozon, CTHC’s Executive Director, cut a ceremonial ribbon as Dr. Health E. Hound looks on.

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan (UHC) and Central Texas Housing Consortium (CTHC) recently hosted a groundbreaking for a community garden at Autumn Leaves, a residence for the elderly and disabled in Temple.

Autumn Leaves residents, UHC volunteers and CTHC members watch the ceremony.
Autumn Leaves residents, UHC volunteers and CTHC members watch the ceremony.

UHC donated nearly $3,000 to aid CTHC in its goal to create quality living for its residents, which is similar to UHC’s mission of helping people live healthier lives. The donation provided a vegetable garden, two benches and a tool shed in close proximity to the apartment’s current pavilion where residents host cookouts and events.

Children who live at Autumn Leaves get their hands dirty in the community garden.
Children who live at Autumn Leaves get their hands dirty in the community garden.

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After the vegetables are harvested, the Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program plans to host a slate of cooking and healthy living demos for residents, incorporating the garden’s fresh vegetables.

UHC’s donation provided a tool shed and benches for the garden.
UHC’s donation provided a tool shed and benches for the garden.

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan Empowers Texas Mom to Care for Adult Daughter with Disabilities

WheelchairChristy Travis was born with severe disabilities. For 35 years her mother, Jamie, has served as her full-time, at-home caregiver. Christy is able to live at home near her family’s love and support thanks to the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas (UHC) and its assistance helping eligible Texans find affordable Medicaid and Medicare plans.

Christy is non-verbal, non-ambulatory and has impaired intellectual and physical development. However, she expresses pain and joy, loves the color purple and enjoys holding babies. Keeping Christy where she is happiest is Jamie’s priority. When she was advised to move Christy to a state institution at 11 years old, she chose to use personal resources enhanced by UHC to instead care for her daughter at home.

Although the Travis family is able to care for Christy at home, Jamie is aware many families do not have that option.

“I’m blessed,” says Jamie. “Our state-provided services are a lifeline.”

Jaime qualifies for Medicaid and receives waivers for being an at-home caregiver for her daughter. These waivers cover Christy’s monthly in-home nursing visits, dental care and medical supplies.

In addition to helping people living with disabilities, the UHC Community Plan also offers health care benefits for mothers and babies, children up to the age of 19, adults, seniors and families who qualify for Medicaid.

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