Resources for the Uninsured
Federally Funded Qualified Health Centers
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.
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.
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.
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Prepared by: NC 2-1-1/LP
Date Updated: May 23, 2018