WEBTREATS: Financial Assistance and Low-Cost Health Care

This list, prepared by the College Resource Center Librarians from other sources, is provided for information only.  Referral to these sites does not imply endorsement of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities.   Further, the College does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites. This list is not meant to be comprehensive; the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site.  Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning.

Please also refer to the WEBTREAT Health Insurance and the Uninsured, as many of these sites include relevant information.

American Breast Cancer Foundation: Key to Life Breast Cancer Assistance Program
1-877-539-2543
The ABCF provides financial assistance to uninsured and underinsured patients for breast cancer screening and diagnostic testing, and also provides treatment support.

Avon Foundation Breast Health Outreach Program
The BHOP provides grants to community-based breast cancer programs with the goal of linking medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services.

BenefitsCheckUp
This website has a searchable database of programs for people ages 55 and over that may help pay costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services.

Bureau of Primary Health Care – Find a Health Center
1-877- 464-4772
This is a searchable database of clinics that provide low-cost or free care, and charge based on income.  Users can enter an address or zip code, or state and county for a list of clinics in their area.

CancerCare – Get Help
1-800-813-HOPE (4673)
This website has information on financial assistance programs for cancer-related costs, including transportation, home care, pain medication, and more. There is also general information on finding assistance.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – State or Territorial Health Departments
This website has links to state and territorial health departments, many of which have programs for low-income and uninsured individuals.

Foundation for Health Coverage Education
This organization helps uninsured people find coverage by offering an online database of programs, state-by-state guides, and more.

HealthWell Foundation
This is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to people who have health insurance but need help with copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, and premiums for certain treatments.

Hill-Burton Free and Reduced Cost Health Care
1-800-638-0742 (1-800-492-0359 in Maryland)
About 170 health care facilities nationwide provide free or reduced-cost care through the Hill-Burton program. The website includes more information on the program and a list of facilities.

Maternal & Child Health Bureau – Prenatal Services
1-800-311-BABY (1-800-311-2229)
This website has information on prenatal care and healthy pregnancy. The toll-free number above connects callers to programs in their state that offer medical care, support and advice for pregnant women.

Medline Plus – Financial Assistance
From the National Library of Medicine, this site for consumers includes information on financial assistance and links to other pages on health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.

National Association of Free Clinics
This website has a searchable directory of free clinics in the United States. Users can search by city and state, or by zip code.

National Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)
This program provides free or low-cost mammograms, Pap tests, and follow-up services to women without health insurance or with low incomes.

National Cancer Institute – Financial, Insurance, and Legal Information
1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
This site has information on financial help, insurance coverage, and support organizations. There is also a link to a searchable database of organizations that offer cancer-related support services.

National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF)
The NNAF is an association of community-based abortion funds in the U.S. The website has information for women who need help paying for an abortion, including a list of abortion funds by location.

Office of Minority Health – Finding Low-Cost Healthcare 101
This website includes a list of resources and programs designed to help low-income and uninsured people gain access to health care services.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)
1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669)
PPA helps patients without prescription coverage find programs that provide medications for free or at a reduced cost. The patients section of the website allows users to search for their medications to determine whether programs are available.

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)
1-800-532-5274
The PAF helps to solve health insurance and access problems. The website has directories of resources for financial assistance for medical care, information on health reform and insurance issues, and more.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood’s health centers offer services including birth control, routine gynecological exams, STD testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, and abortion. Lists of health centers by area are available on the website or by calling 1-800-230-PLAN (7526).

Resolve
Resolve is the national infertility association. There is information on health insurance coverage for infertility treatments and financing treatment under the “family building options” section of the website.

Vaccines for Children Program
This is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. The website also has information for parents, including where to get vaccines.

WISEWOMAN – Well–Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation
This program provides screening for chronic disease risk factors, lifestyle interventions, and referral services for low-income, uninsured, or under-insured women aged 40–64. The website has health tips and information on program locations.

jer last revised 3/25/14

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