This week is National Health Center Week. As healthcare has become increasingly expensive, the need for low-cost healthcare has increased. Many people living in more rural parts of the country have a very limited number of options for seeing a doctor, and depending on their insurance status, the number of available “in-network” doctors is even fewer. Many people do not visit their doctor regularly, only seeking medical attention when a more serious condition arises. It can be a stressful situation to have no insurance and an unforeseen medical problem to arise, especially during the ongoing pandemic. This week is meant to celebrate and publicize locally owned and operated clinics that provide high-quality, cost-effective, and accessible care to more than 27 million Americans..
Community health centers have been vital to public health throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as the primary source of care for many low-income populations and vulnerable communities by providing free screenings for the areas they serve. People of color represent higher proportion of vaccinations in health centers compared to nationally reported data, especially for Hispanics. Community health centers can also provide masks to low-income and homeless people Continue to slow the spread of the coronavirus and its evolving variants..
One of the most visited sections of the NeedyMeds website is our list of clinic database. We list three different clinic models on NeedyMeds.org:
- Free Clinics – provide services at no cost to the patient;
- Low cost clinics – they usually have a low flat rate for all patients or types of visits;
- Sliding scale clinics – the price is based on the patient’s ability to pay, usually based on their income / family size, as it corresponds to the federal poverty level.
- women’s health;
- Family planning;
- health screening;
- pharmacy services;
- and more.
Each clinic has its own hours, can only serve select cities or counties, and has its own set of eligibility requirements. In most cases, these requirements relate to insurance status, income, and residence status. Some clinics require the patient to be uninsured, while others work with both the uninsured and the underinsured. Many clinics accept Medicare and Medicaid patients, but not all. Sliding scale clinics generally have an income requirement based on the federal poverty level, making the clinic only available to those with a specified annual income. There are also many clinics that do not have income requirements.
We list over 18,000 clinics on NeedyMeds, making it easy to find one near you. On the Free Clinics page, select the Mental, Dental, Mental Health, or Substance Abuse clinic based on your needs, and then select your state or enter your zip code to find a clinic in your area. A list of local clinics will appear with contact information, as well as eligibility requirements, services, and hours. You can print a selection of clinics or the full page of clinics from your search. We encourage users to check the clinic’s website for additional information. You can also get the information by calling our toll-free helpline at 1-800-503-6897, available 9 a.m. M. At 5 p. M. From Monday to Friday.
For those looking for information on how to get a coronavirus vaccine, almost all adults and children over the age of 12 are eligible to get vaccinated for free. There may be options for children ages 12 to 18 to get vaccinated even if your parents don’t give permission. Search online for your state requirements, area locations, and appointment availability.
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