If you meet low-income eligibility requirements or belong to an otherwise covered group, such as the disabled, pregnant women or the elderly, you may be able to get free or low-cost healthcare by applying for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The application for these programs is available at the federal Health Insurance Marketplace or through appropriate state agencies.
Low-cost healthcare is also available through community health centers, states the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Community health centers base payments on income levels, and are located in both urban and rural areas. Covered services include prenatal and well-child care, immunizations, primary care for all ages and referrals for special health needs.
The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics also maintains a list of free and low-cost healthcare clinics across the United States. These clinics provide care to individuals who are uninsured, underinsured or otherwise have limited access to healthcare without requiring any payment. As of October 2015, there are more than 1,200 free health care clinics in the United States. In addition to medical care, some free clinics provide dental and vision care, pharmacy services and behavioral healthcare, states the NAFC.