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Delaware and Blackford County assistance programs.

Health care assistance program for the uninsured and underinsured

Cardinal Access is offered to families in Indiana to help them with health care coverage and paying related expenses. Almost 300 doctors participate in the program. Cardinal Access provided patients free and or discounted fees payment options for specialty, primary, and hospital care as well as other medical services. Each participating doctor and medical provider has their own internal policies and procedures.

Doctors also benefit from this program. For example, Cardinal Access benefits physicians by prescreening patients for all government programs that are available and it also streamlines the financial assistance process. Some of the hospitals and doctors that participate in the Indiana Cardinal Access program include include Ball Memorial Hospital, Blackford Community Hospital, BMH Family Medicine Residency Clinic, BMH Medicine Clinic, Associates in Surgery, Associates in Women’s Health.

There is also the Central Indiana Orthopedics, Meridian Services, East Central Indiana Vascular Lab, Emergency Physicians of Delaware County, Medical Consultants, Midwest HealthStrategies, Open Door/BMH Health Center, Pathologists Associated, Southway Urgent Care, Urology Associates and Voss Center for Women.

Contact Cardinal Access if you need medical assistance or health care insurance. Dial 812-961-7706.

Medical and dental care

A clinic known as Open Door Health Services can help deal with a family’s dental and medical needs, for either free or low cost. The local Open Door community clinic can provide both superior health and dental care for free. Some of the medical and dental programs include Behavioral Health, Adult Health, Family Planning, Pediatrics, Urgent Care, Dental, Prenatal. Call (765) 286-7000. Find other Indiana free community clinics.

Gateway Health Clinic, Inc. provides care for low income residents. It offers free primary medical care, work-related physical immunizations and examinations for low-income residents and the uninsured. It is offered if you do not have a private physician, insurance, Medicare, or government Medicaid. Lab work and x-Rays are provided too. The United Way participates along with volunteer efforts of physicians and other health-care providers. Laboratory and x-ray services donated without charges to the patient. 310 E Charles Street, Muncie Indiana 47305, call 765-747-9757.




Dental Clinic (Open Door) offers root canals, extractions, fillings, cleanings, crowns, partials, bridges and dentures. Both private insurance is accepted, as well as government health plans such as Medicaid and  Hoosier Healthwise. A sliding fee discount scale for medical bills is in place too.

A partner agency is the Open Door/BMH Health Center, which offers quality health care to the uninsured and underinsured. Examples of services offered include prenatal care, primary care, well and sick child services, school and work physicals, immunizations, prescription medication and laboratory assistance and breast and cervical cancer screenings. Centers are in Muncie on S Madison Street and Walnut Street. Call 765-286-7000 or 765-286-7000.

Financial assistance in Blackford and Delaware Indiana

Community and Family Services is a local non-profit that both administers and sponsors assistance programs that are created to help economically disadvantaged and low income within the community. Programs focus on non financial items such as Good Pantry, WIC, Christmas baskets, Thanksgiving meals and other support services. Hartford City Indiana (765) 348-0744

Blackford Salvation Army ((260) 356-3485) is an agency that can provide emergency financial assistance to the less fortunate local citizens and transient individuals. Get help with energy bills, rent, and other forms of financial assistance.

Interlocal Community Action Program can be reached at (765) 288-8732. This is a local non-profit agency that administers a number of assistance programs and social services for the working poor, low income, and people faced with poverty. Some of what can be provided is below.

  • Energy bill assistance - Apply for government programs such as LIHEAP, cooling bill assistance, or weatherization. Grants can be provided for paying utility bills and energy conservation programs. More on free fans.
  • Case management - Work with a representative from the agency that can refer you to local agencies and help you become self-sufficient. Including among these services will be employment and job finding programs.
  • Food pantries and public aid - Get information on local food pantries and distribution sites. Also apply for state of Indiana and federal government programs. Learn more on public assistance in Indiana.
  • Housing and rent help - Delaware County residents can apply for section 8 vouchers, and learn about homeless prevention.
  • Medical care includes application sites and information on Medicaid and prescription assistance.
  • There are many other resources given. Continue with Interlocal Community Action Assistance Programs.





Blackford County Community Services Senior Center offers people over 55 a free meal as well as other activities, such as recreation health and social activities.

Center Township Trustee’s Office is a government agency that offers funds for past due utilities, rent payments, food, medical and dental bills, household supplies, and prescription medicine. 1200 E Main Street, Muncie Indiana, 765-288-8876

Family Service Program of Hartford City offers several assistance programs. Grants can be issued to pay rent, heating and utility bills. Vouchers can be used to acquire clothing, furniture, beds, food and appliances. Free coats are provided to children from Kids Coat Give Away. More on clothing closets and thrift stores.

Assistance is provided to qualifying persons for emergency payment of rent and utility bills, and vouchers are given to those in need of clothing, furniture, food, beds, and appliances. In the fall, the Mission sponsors the "Kids Coat Give Away" to provide coats to kids in need. 765-288-9122x337

Muncie Mission Ministries offers short and long term support. This includes immediate and/or long term for the working poor and needy of East Central Indiana, including Delaware and Blackford County. Receive payments for utility bills, emergency rental assistance, lunches, and eviction prevention. Call 765-288-9122 for information.

Energy Assistance Program, or EAP, can help pay heating bills, and a crisis component can help those faced with an emergency. The Weatherization Program can also help people save money on their energy bills. Grants and cash assistance is offered. 765-254-1790.

Christian Love Help Center is a charity that offers food pantry, clothing closet, and utility bill assistance. A soup kitchen as well as Christmas and Easter holiday assistance is offered too.

CDI Head Start Serving Delaware County runs the Head Start program. It helps children from low income families with medical, dental, educational, social, mental, and nutritional services. The goal is to help children get off to a strong start on their schooling. Telephone - 765-286-5437

Delaware County Division of Family Social Services administers the IMPACT program. This is an employment and job training program for food stamp and TANF recipients. The IMPACT program takes a multigenerational approach to addressing welfare dependency and helping people become self-sufficient. Dial 765-668-5341.

Food banks, pantries, and distribution centers

Covenant Partners Ministries administers a food pantry in the region. 765-284-2545

Daleville United Methodist Church Food Pantry is located at 8104 S Hickory Lane in Daleville Indiana 47334. Telephone number is 765-378-3000.

Christian Ministries also offers emergency assistance and groceries. 401 E Main Street, Muncie IN 47305, 765-288-0601

Community Baptist Chapel runs a food pantry at 524 W Howard Street. Call 765-284-6445 for hours.





Friends Memorial Church Food Pantry works with non-profits and charities such as East Indiana American Friends Food Bank, the Bethel Temple, and the local Unitarian Universalist Church. They receive canned goods, government commodities and food from the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana as well.

Blackford and Delaware County WIC - Women, Infant, Children offers supplemental food, medical screening, education and referrals. The public assistance program is for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum women who need nutritional support. Vouchers can be used to pay for groceries and food at a supermarket. 3715 S Madison Street, Muncie Indiana 47308, call 765-289-6180.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Muncie ((765) 287-8698) offers free food and groceries to the low income and needy.

Low income families have additional food banks available to them as well. Also, residents of Delaware County can learn about places to turn to for food stamps applications or to sign up for a Meals on Wheels service. Learn more.


By Jon McNamara

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