Thousands of families in Virginia either lack health insurance or the coverage they receive has been scaled back and does not cover all of their medical needs. If you meet low income guidelines and do not have adequate health insurance coverage, then the state may be able to offer some solutions.
Government run programs and non-profit organizations may be able to step in and help residents with accessing medications, medical care, and other needs. Assistance will only be offered if the applicant meets qualifications. This can vary by each program, but it can include low income standards and a lack of access to other private health insurance plans.
A summary of the resources are below. Whether you or your family need medication, basic checkups, testing, or care for your child, then the state of Virginia may be able to help. Some centers will even take people who are not eligible for other government aid, such as Medicaid.
Family Access to Medical Insurance Security will provide affordable health insurance for children in low income and working poor families. The applicant can’t qualify for any public aid, specifically Medicaid, and they can’t afford to pay for any private health insurance on their own. The Virginia program, known as FAMIS, can pay for prescription medicine, doctor and hospital visits, well baby checkups, vaccinations, tests and x-rays, dental and vision service, emergency care, and mental health. 866-873-2647
The AIDS Drug Assistance Program is a federal government funded resource that is available in all states, including Virginia. If funding is available, the government will pay for medications used in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, and assistance is only offered for qualified, low income uninsured families. There is often a waiting list, and various restrictions are in place. In Virginia dial 800-392-1309 for applications and enrollment.
Females in Virginia may qualify for free screening, early detection and treatment of Breast & Cervical Cancer. Women under the age of 65, who are not eligible for Medicaid, may receive help from the state’s Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program/BCCEDP. Full medical care is offered. Among other services, it will provide for a free clinic visit and various testing. If diagnosed with cancer by this program, you may be eligible for enrollment in a Medicaid treatment program, BCCPTA. Applicants also need to either lack insurance, or their plan does not cover the treatment. 866-395-4968
Chlamydia Prevention Program will coordinate the screening and testing for Chlamydia and other sexually transmitted diseases. Phone number is 800-533-4148
The Health Coverage Tax Credit Gap Filler Grant Program is offered for people who are waiting for Federal HCTC approval. The resource pays about 70% of government health insurance premiums. In order to enroll, individuals need to be receiving monetary payments from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation or receiving some form of benefits under the Trade Act, which is for those who lost jobs due to foreign competition. Dial 866-484-8130
The Virginia PCIP, or Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, is when the state and the Department of Health and Human Services provide medical care and health insurance for patients who were coverage due to pre-existing conditions. It will pay for a broad range of health benefits, including medications and primary care. The enrollee will still be required to pay a portion of their bills and deductibles. 866-717-5826
Free medicine may be available as part of Rx Partnership. This is offered for the uninsured in Virginia. The non-profit works with clinics across the state in an effort to provide free prescription medications for the low income and people who do not have insurance. The organization will establish affiliations and partnerships with pharmaceutical companies in order to provide free prescription medications for the uninsured. Call 866-262-5510 for information.
Technology Assistance can provide for telecommunications equipment for those with disabilities. This can include amplified and voice carry over phones, CapTel captioning, signalers for doors, and other medical type devices. Training is also offered for the devices. 800-552-7917
Free or low cost vaccines for children is available from VFC. All of the medications are provided to State of Virginia as well as local health clinics and agencies. These locations will then distribute them to physicians/health clinics in Virginia that have signed up for the program. Immunization can help prevent diseases of mumps pertussis, hepatitis, flu, measles, polio, and much more. 800-568-1929
WISEWOMAN is offered for low income women, and it can help them both detect and get treatment for diseases such as cardiovascular. In addition to being low income, the applicant also can’t have insurance that will provide this service. Oftentimes WISEWOMAN will provide referrals to other hospital and specialists. Call 804-864-7877 for more details.
Virginia Bleeding Disorders Program will offer care and treatment of persons with hemophilia and other similar or related bleeding disorders. The program will pay for the comprehensive treatment and clinic services, physical therapy, hospitalization for severe episodes, and lab tests. Several facilities offer the service, and income guidelines are in place. 866-228-2516.
Medicaid is paid for by the state of Virginia with block grants coming from the federal government. Assistance is available for paying medical bills, and it is available for the working poor, low income, and others with special needs. Some of the other people covered can include pregnant women and the disabled. Medicaid can pay for almost all of someone’s health care needs, whether it is a visit to a doctor, hospital, or needed medication. Call 804-786-7933.
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