Can’t Get Medicaid – Can’t afford a Health Plan

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If you can’t get Medicaid and can’t afford a health plan, there are still some options available to you. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Check if you qualify for any other government programs: In addition to Medicaid, there may be other government programs that can help you get healthcare. For example, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides low-cost health coverage to children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid.
  2. Look into community health clinics: Community health clinics provide low-cost or free medical care to people who don’t have health insurance or can’t afford to pay for medical services. You can find a community health clinic near you by visiting the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) website.
  3. Check for subsidies: If you’re unable to afford a health plan, you may be eligible for subsidies that can help you lower your healthcare costs. The Affordable Care Act provides subsidies to help people with low incomes pay for health insurance. You can check whether you’re eligible for subsidies by visiting the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  4. Negotiate with healthcare providers: If you need medical care but can’t afford to pay for it, try negotiating with your healthcare provider. Some providers may offer discounts or payment plans for patients who are struggling financially.
  5. Consider a catastrophic health plan: Catastrophic health plans are low-cost plans that offer protection in case of a medical emergency. These plans typically have high deductibles, but they can provide some peace of mind if you’re worried about facing a large medical bill.

Remember, it’s important to prioritize your health and seek medical care when you need it. Don’t hesitate to reach out to healthcare providers or community organizations for assistance if you’re having trouble affording medical care.

Note: If your state is not expanding Medicaid and you can’t afford a health plan you can get low-cost health care at a Community Health Center near you.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) health centers provide low cost health care through county clinics. Even if you have no health insurance or can’t get Medicaid you only pay what you can afford, based on your income.

HRSA Health centers provide services such as:

  1. Wellness checkups.
  2. Diagnostic and treatment when you’re sick
  3. Pregnancy care
  4. Children immunizations and checkups
  5. Prescription drugs and dental care
  6. Substance abuse care and mental health services

HRSA are federally-funded health service centers that provide care for you, even if you have no health insurance or cannot get medicaid. Remember, you only pay what you can afford, based on your income.

Find a HRSA Health Center near you.

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