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    Free & Low Cost Health Care Resources
    Byroney_WebMD_Staff posted:

    Here are several free and low-cost health care resources Nurse Jane Harrison-Hohner and I thought we could share with you. If you know of any in your community and want to share the URL (web address) please go ahead and post them here in this thread.

    Together, we can help one another through these difficult times. --Have you heard of HRSA-supported health centers? They care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. These include dental, immunizations, and mental health care resources. -- ?Many older people need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities and other basic needs. Ironically, millions of older Americans ? especially those with limited incomes ? are eligible for but not receiving benefits from existing federal, state and local programs.?

    Free Clinics -- Use the search to find state and local free clinics and see if one is near you. Clinics --You do not have to provide any documentation to validate your income. You do not have to provide any other form of identification, such as proof of citizenship or ?green card.?

    National Foundation for Dentistry for the Handicapped --"In each state at least one program coordinator is responsible for determining that applicants are either disabled, elderly or medically compromised and have no other way for paying for dental care."

    Other--Please make sure and check local resources for tests PAP smear, mammograms, cholesterol screenings, bone density, and blood pressure checks. Drug stores, grocery stores with pharmacies, Planned Parenthood, community health centers, local hospitals, senior centers and women's clinics will often have these tests/exams available at low cost or even free.

    Note: None of these are WebMD sites, so we cannot guarantee content. Clinics may change requirements and/or services offered. Please contact them directly to find current information.

    Hope these help,

    Jane & Byroney
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    lady_sakura responded:
    don't understand how certain free places expect u to pay what you can afford. i spoke to a lady about this i said i cant afford anything at all, period, nada, zero dollars, etc. she said how can u get help? i said good question considering there are no jobs in AZ! it's hard to even get a job degree or no degree! it's strange to me.
    _swank_ replied to lady_sakura's response:
    How do you think these places can stay open if someone doesn't give them money for staff and supplies, etc? Most everyone can afford something. It's amazing how much money you can come up with when you cut your own personal budget. It always amazes me when I see people on the news complaining that they can't pay for this and that and there they stand with cell phones in their ears, $200 shoes, jewelry, cigarettes hanging out of their mouths, etc. One woman was complaining that she couldn't pay for heat and they showed a picture of her standing in front of a huge flat-screen TV and a WII connected to it. It's a matter of setting your priorities.

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