For many, there is no need to wait for the major Health Care Reform changes coming in 2014; programs are available now.
Recently, much attention has been paid to the federal Health Care Reform legislation passed earlier this year. While a lot of information is coming out about what changes will be happening, when, and how they will affect each of us, it’s still pretty murky for most to understand.
One important fact being overlooked is that publicly funded health care programs are available NOW to those who qualify. Many are eligible for these programs and could have coverage in a relatively short time if they had more information and help with the application process.
MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance are two low-cost and free programs currently available to families and individuals. They are designed for moderate to lower income households who do not have insurance offered or cannot afford the cost of family coverage through an employer, have experienced job loss, or have significant on-going medical expenses.
The good news is that FREE help is available locally through the Health Care Access Office to determine which programs people may qualify for and assist with the application process. The friendly staff can also help apply to other health coverage programs, such as assistance with past medical bills, prescription medications, eye exams and glasses, as well as provide referrals to other local resources.
The Health Care Access Office is located in the Lake Superior Community Health Center at 4325 Grand Avenue in West Duluth (call 218-722-9650). Formerly located at Lake Avenue and 5th Street in Central Hillside, the Health Care Access Office continues to serve ALL area residents from the Grand Avenue location. It is on the bus line and open Monday through Friday. A second site at 3600 Tower Avenue in Superior serves Wisconsin residents (call 715-392-1955).
In addition to helping with health coverage, the Lake Superior Community Health Center provides sliding fee medical, dental, and counseling services to all ages looking for affordable care. Those without health insurance are most welcome. If insured, that will be billed.
Staying healthy and having insurance coverage to take care of your family’s health needs reduces stress and leads to a happier life. Kids who have their health needs met are better learners in school.
For many, there is no need to wait for the major Health Care Reform changes coming in 2014; programs are available now. Call to see how the Health Care Access Office and Lake Superior Community Health Center can help you or someone you know.