Are you uninsured and worried about healthcare?
You are not alone.
In New York State, there are several free or low-cost public health insurance programs available for people who don’t have and/or can’t afford health insurance. You must meet certain requirements to be eligible for these programs. You can see what you are eligible for through the NY State of Health.
If you are found ineligible for these programs, that doesn’t mean you should have to go without health care or pay full cost. There are places to go to for help with your health needs- whether you need a low-cost physical, want to enroll in commercial insurance or have a large hospital bill you can’t afford to pay. If you already have hospital bills and are struggling to pay them, please also go to Help Paying for Care to find out about Hospital Financial Assistance.
Accessing care can be hard even if you have insurance. There are many free or low-cost programs for individuals to receive medical care, especially in New York City, for people who are uninsured or underinsured and have insufficient coverage. These options are often based on a sliding fee scale, which means that low-income people will pay a lower fee than people with higher incomes. Also, many of these affordable programs are open to all individuals, regardless of their immigration status.
CHA can help you find a location near you and access free or low-cost care for the following:
- A physical or immunizations
- Hospital care, including surgery
- Dental care
- Family planning services
- Cancer or chronic disease services
Do you need help paying for your medical costs, such as hospital bills, premiums or prescriptions? There are programs that provide financial assistance to help eliminate or lower your health care bills. CHA can connect you to such programs and provide information on each program’s level of assistance and eligibility rules.
If you’d like additional information on help with specifically your hospital bills, please click here.
For assistance, call Community Health Advocates at 888-614-5400.