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Medical Care — Free or Reduced Cost | March 22, 2019

The Hill-Burton Act is a federal program which requires “obligated facilities” (healthcare facilities including hospitals) that have used federal money for facility reconstruction or modernization to provide free or low-cost health care services to people living in the facility’s area who cannot afford to pay for the services.

To be eligible, a person must not be covered by nor receive services under a third-party insurer or a governmental program such as Medicaid or Medicare.

If income is less than current Poverty Income Level, facility services may be free. If income is greater than but not more than double Poverty Income Level, services may be provided at full charge, reduced charge, or free.

It’s not necessary for the applicants to be U.S. Citizens. And prospective patients need only have been living in the U.S. for a minimum of 3 months.

(Note: Hill-Burton facilities must provide a specific amount of free care per year, but can stop services once they have given that amount.)

The Hill-Burton Act is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Hill Burton Hotline: 1-800-638-0742   (1-800-492-0359 in Maryland)

Website: https://www.hrsa.gov/get-health-care/affordable/hill-burton/facilities.html

NOTE: If there is no Hill-Burton Obligated Facility nearby and you owe bills or need care — contact the Department of Social Services at the hospital where you were or intend to be treated. Or contact your County Department of Social Services to see if they can help you.

“Find a Health Center” is a link to federally funded health centers that care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Health centers provide services such as:

Checkups when you’re well…
Treatment when you’re sick…
Complete care when you’re pregnant…
Immunizations and checkups for your children…
Dental care and prescription drugs for your family…
Mental health and substance abuse care if you need it…

Health centers are in most cities and many rural areas. Simply type in your state and click the “Find Health Centers” button on the site to find a Free Medical Clinic or Free Dental Clinic near you.


Low-Cost Prescription Medications
For help in paying for prescription medications, see the Partnership for Patient Assistance http://www.pparx.org/

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