Kentucky uninsured medical care programs.

If you do not have health insurance then Kentucky has several options available for you. Several government programs, non-profits, and other resources offer low income and uninsured patients with free or low cost medical care, medications, and other support.

The exact type and amount of health care provided in the state will vary based on many factors, including the families income, number of household members and their current medical condition. Some assistance may be provided to those residents in Kentucky who have so called limited health insurance as well. So if your current plan doesn't pay for a certain bill or service, then the state may be able to assist.

The Kentucky Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program is for uninsured and/or low income women who have been screened by a local clinic or county health department. The patient needs to be found to need treatment for some form of cancer, such as breast or cervical. If they meet qualifications then the individual can receive free or low cost treatment thru Kentucky Medicaid Services. Call 800-635-2570 for information and to learn how this program can pay for inpatient hospitalization, primary care and other bills.

First Steps is when the state coordinates early intervention services for young children with developmental disabilities which should lead to increased long term development. 877-417-8377




Your health insurance premiums can be partially paid for by the Health Coverage Tax Credit Kentucky Bridge Grant. This is an option while someone waits for the federal Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC), who receives monetary cash payments from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation or who receives benefits under the Trade Act. Other conditions will apply too. Call 502-564-7456 for details.

Kentucky Access is government subsidized, affordable health insurance for those individuals or families that were previously denied health insurance coverage. It can help people who were denied due to preexisting conditions or that have high costs. Main number is 866-405-6145.





Children With Special Health Care Needs is when the state will help coordinate assistance with medical care and prescription medications for teenagers and children with certain physical special needs. It will also pay for related lab and follow-up, clinic services, and other therapy from a number of centers across Kentucky. 800-232-1160

Federal government and state sponsored Medicaid is available for uninsured and low income residents. A number of medical bills and expenses can be paid for. Dial 800-635-2570.

CHIP in Kentucky can offer low cost or even free health insurance for children and teenagers under the age 19. A number of bills can be paid for, including outpatient hospital services, standard doctor visits, dental care, hospitalization, psychiatrists, laboratory tests and x-rays, vision exams, immunizations, hearing services, mental health exams, prescription medicines, well-child checkups, physical therapy, eyeglasses and other expenses. Call the program at 877-524-4718.

KPAP, or the Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program, will help people locate free or reduced cost prescription drugs thru resources such as pharmaceutical company Prescription Assistance Programs (PAPs). Get advice and assistance in both locating the programs and in applying for them.

Case mangers and health care specialists will offer assistance in finding and applying for pharmaceutical company PAPs which provide prescription drugs for free or reduced cost to those who meet their qualifications. Clients not eligible for the PAPs will receive consultation about other sources of low-cost prescriptions. 800-633-8100

HIV and AIDs patients can turn to the KY AIDS Drug Assistance Program, or KADAP. All medications provided are FDA approved. Call 800-420-7431.

Women's Cancer Screening Program can help discover and cure several different types of cancer. If the condition is more extreme then referrals can be made to specialists and other hospitals in both Kentucky and other states. 502-564-3236.

Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (KY PCIP) is government coverage for individuals who were denied due to their current health status or preexisting conditions. So if you are uninsured and can't obtain private health insurance, PCIP may be an option for you. There will be some minimal fees due. It will provide patients with a broad range of health care benefits, including prescription drugs, primary and specialty care, hospital expenses and much more. Dial 866-717-5826.




As with most states, Kentucky also runs the Vaccines for Children Program. Children from uninsured and lower income families can receive free or low cost vaccines. It can help prevent and address conditions such as the flu, tetanus, mumps, and more. All medications and shots are administered from community clinics and health care centers that operate across the state. Main number is 502-564-4478.


By Jon McNamara

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