MEHOP, a Non-Profit 501(c)3, originated in 1998, initially as a vision of the Episcopal Churches within Matagorda County to provide the under served with medical care. MEHOP began as a mobile medical unit providing medical care throughout the rural areas within the county for those who were uninsured or unable to access medical care. Funding received from the Episcopal Diocese made this vision a reality.
Dental services were added at MEHOP with a part time contract dentist in 2004. In 2007, with the mobile unit near the end of its service and MEHOP applying to accept Medicare and Medicaid, MEHOP opened a permanent site at its current location. In 2009 MEHOP received federal funding through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act designating MEHOP as a Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC). With the FQHC designation, MEHOP continues to expand services to meet the healthcare needs of Matagorda County and surrounding areas.
Where We Are Today
Currently, MEHOP provides Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Family Dental, Vision and Behavioral Health (Counseling and Psychiatry) services. MEHOP patients experience the convenience of being able to receive all their primary health care services through one health center. We are a recognized Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) as well as a designated Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE). In September 2018, MEHOP expanded its physical presence into Wharton County and opened a new Family Medicine and Behavioral Health Clinic in Wharton TX.
In addition to primary health care, services that meet patients personal needs such as prescription saving programs, free transportation to MEHOP appointments, on-site Medicaid enrollment, discount eyeglasses and free health management classes are also available. Case managers work with our patients to secure referral appointments to specialists, schedule diagnostic testing and assist patients who need help beyond the services of MEHOP. MEHOP is part of the United Way network and strives to establish collaborative relationships with organizations in Matagorda County, the region and the state.
MEHOP accepts all patients. We are an in-network provider for most private insurance carriers, Medicare and Medicaid. If you are uninsured or have limited insurance benefits, we receive grant funding for specific programs and offer discounts (sliding fees) for services based on household size and income, if eligible, to assist with the cost of health care services. Health Center programs assure that no patient will be denied or unable to access health care services due to an individual's inability to pay for services and assure that any fees or payments required by the center will be reduced to enable the center to fulfill this goal.