Under the Affordable Health Care Act, low-income residents of some states may be eligible for health care at no cost, as of 2015. Seniors that are age 65 and older and people younger than 65 with certain disabilities or illnesses may also be eligible for free coverage under Medicare.
The Affordable Health Care Act subsidizes the entire cost of health care for very low-income residents of some states. Residents need to check with their state exchange, because terms and plans vary between states and individual counties.
Seniors over the age of 65 who are receiving social security checks are also automatically enrolled in traditional Medicare, which covers hospital costs, doctor visits, lab tests and various outpatient services. Others can enroll in Medicare if they are over 65 and meet income requirements or if they are under 65 but have eligible medical conditions, such as Lou Gehrig's disease, kidney failure or other disabilities that qualify for Social Security benefits.
Another possibility that is available in some areas is a free clinic. Free clinics are usually run by charity organizations and depend on donations and the volunteer work of medical professionals. Some have income requirements and may ask for a voluntary payment or employ a sliding fee scale.