The costs of healthcare have risen steadily over the years, hitting nearly $3.5 trillion in 2017, which represented a 45 percent increase since 2007. As Americans struggle to cope with the escalating costs of medical care and prescriptions, it’s crucial that they find affordable solutions to cover these costs. This list of helpful resources serves needy American families, veterans, and seniors who aren’t insured or who are having difficulty paying for their medical care.
- Free Clinics A free clinic website that offers a list of free dental and medical clinics, along with detailed information on sliding-scale, income-based, and low-cost clinics. Also provides a forum where patients can comment on specific clinics they’ve visited.
- Free Dental Care An extensive list of free and sliding-scale dental resources available in each state. You can examine the list and contact the dental clinics through their websites or by calling the provided phone numbers.
- Insure Kids Now Learn more about free or low-cost health insurance coverage through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for children and teens. Includes state-by-state information on insurance programs your kids may qualify for.
- Livestrong n overview of healthcare assistance programs available if you’re not insured. Includes resources for cancer patients.
- MedicareAdvantage Examines prescription-assistance programs available in each state. Includes both resources for both Medicare beneficiaries and residents not enrolled in Medicare.
- MedWise Insurance Advocacy Provides a comprehensive list of state and federal programs you can take advantage of if you’re struggling to pay for medical care or prescription drugs.
- Military.com A summary on what veterans need to know about their health care. Includes information on where needy veterans can find assistance with claims.
- MN Sure The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which became law in March 2010, called for the establishment of a federal health insurance marketplace, and gave states the option to create their own. Minnesota chose to further advance its health care system by building MNsure, a Minnesota-made health insurance marketplace, where Minnesotans can shop, compare and choose health insurance coverage that meets their needs.
- NeedyMeds A non-profit organization that offers information on programs that aid people who can't afford the costs of medications and healthcare. Also offers information on resources for specific diseases.
- Paying for Senior Care Provides hundreds of options on ways to get financial aid for long-term senior care. Lists federal and state programs, along with non-profit organizations that can help.
- RxHope An information resource that can assist low-income patients in getting the prescriptions they need.