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Resources for the Uninsured

Resources for the Uninsured

If you are NOT eligible for Medicaid, Medicare, or the Affordable Care Act, but still need help with your medical needs and expenses, there are places to turn to for affordable healthcare.


Federally Funded Qualified Health Centers

Community-based primary healthcare is available on a sliding fee scale at any of the Federally Funded Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and their satellite offices in the state. Also known as Community Health Centers, the FQHCs provide services such as internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, geriatrics, laboratory, podiatry, pharmacy, x-ray, dental, and mental health services. Care is provided at costs that are substantially lower than at other settings and are based on ability to pay.

Find your local Health Center.

Free and Charitable Clinics

Free and Charitable Clinics provide a range of medical, dental, pharmacy, vision, and/or behavioral health services to low-income individuals at no cost or at a small fee. No one will be turned away for being unable to pay.

Free or charitable clinics restrict eligibility for their services to individuals who are uninsured, underinsured, and/or have limited or no access to primary, specialty, or prescription healthcare.



Safety Net Dental Clinics

Safety Net Dental Clinics are non-profit dental facilities where low-income families or individuals can go for dental care. Medicaid, NC Health Choice, and private insurance are accepted. Others will pay based on a sliding scale, depending on income and family size.

 Find a dental clinic near you.


Smart NC

Smart NC is can help you determine if an insurance company has inappropriately denied your medical coverage. If your insurance company has denied coverage for a medically necessary treatment, you can submit an application for review and have the decision reviewed by a neutral party. Smart NC also provides counseling on the appeals process and explains your insurance rights under NC state law.

Learn more about Smart NC through their website or by calling 855-408-1212.


Disease or Condition Based Assistance

If you have been diagnosed with a particular disease or disorder that is associated with a non-profit organization, you may be able to find financial assistance and emotional support through that group. For many organizations, the only eligibility requirement is a qualifying diagnosis.

Services provided by each organization will vary. You can call or visit their website for information about support groups, activities, clinics, financial assistance, and more.

American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
American Parkinson Disease Association
American Stroke Association
Alzheimer’s Association
These are only a few of the most common condition-based associations. If you have a disease or condition not listed here, you should search to see if there is another organization that can assist you.

Charity Care

Charity care is a form of healthcare that is offered to low-income patients by medical providers and hospitals at greatly reduced prices or even for free. Hospitals and medical providers ARE NOT required to provide charity care. It is given on a case-by-case basis and is not always available. If you are having trouble paying your medical bills, you should contact your hospital or medical care provider to see what options are available for you. Even if charity care is not an option, they may work out a payment plan with you.

To find help in the NC 2-1-1 database, search by:

Community Clinics

Need more information?

If you didn't find what you need on this page or need more informaiton on local resources, dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162. Our call specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Prepared by: NC 2-1-1/LP

Date Updated: May 23, 2018

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