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  •  When I enter 4 people at 8000 (1+ / 0-)
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    it gives me 40% & I know that's far below fpl. 4 people on 20,000 per year comes to 100% on that calculator, 20,000+/- is the fpl for the average 2 child family, yes/no? And when I enter 40,000 per year fr 4 people, it's at 200%. So, I think you qualify.

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    by Urtica dioica gracilis on Sat Feb 14, 2009 at 08:23:19 PM PST

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    •  I don't know (2+ / 0-)

      There is a PDF chart that shows an income range.  For one person it is $866 - $2165.  My monthly income is $671, so I think I really am too poor for their service.

      •  No (1+ / 0-)
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        The health centers get grants to provide care for people under the federal poverty limit ("fpl") and up to 250% of the fpl. People making more than the fpl will have a co-pay, based on the percent of income above the fpl. You qualify.

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        by Urtica dioica gracilis on Sat Feb 14, 2009 at 08:28:27 PM PST

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      •  Check this out (1+ / 0-)
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        http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/...

        For more than 40 years, HRSA-supported Health Centers have provided comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

        Health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care. These include low income populations, the uninsured, those with limited English proficiency, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and those living in public housing.

        Types of Health Centers

           * Grant-Supported Federally Qualified Health Centers are public and private non-profit health care organizations that meet certain criteria under the Medicare and Medicaid Programs (respectively, Sections 1861(aa)(4) and 1905(l)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act and receive funds under the Health Center Program (Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act).
                 o Community Health Centers serve a variety of underserved populations and areas.
                 o Migrant Health Centers serve migrant and seasonal agricultural workers
                 o Healthcare for the Homeless Programs reach out to homeless individuals and families and provide primary care and substance abuse services.
                 o Public Housing Primary Care Programs serve residents of public housing and are located in or adjacent to the communities they serve.
           * Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alikes are health centers that have been identified by HRSA and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as meeting the definition of "health center" under Section 330 of the PHS Act, although they do not receive grant funding under Section 330.
           * Outpatient health programs/facilities operated by tribal organizations (under the Indian Self-Determination Act, P.L. 96-638) or urban Indian organizations (under the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, P.L. 94-437).

        I use the Open Door Clinic which does sliding scale, so if you're under the fpl it's either free or $5 per visit, depending, and above fpl is a reduced rate based on income, up to 250% of of fpl. Above 250% of fpl, they charge full rates. You're never too poor to receive health center services.

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        by Urtica dioica gracilis on Sat Feb 14, 2009 at 08:38:28 PM PST

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      •  Take a look at Health Access instead (1+ / 0-)
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        here. They say they are the only local clinic providing sliding-scale.

        While we accept most insurance plans, we are also the only clinic in the area providing primary health care on a sliding fee scale.   That is to say, people can pay based on their ability to pay.  Our minimum charge for an office visit is about one-quarter of the customary charge, and we offer a discount pharmacy service for the working uninsured.  Our mission is to provide comprehensive primary, preventive, and referral health care services to people who do not currently have access to the health care system.

        Here's their sliding-scale fee range, which appears to be $40 per visit for your income. That might be better if you only need one visit. The other looks like a long-term buy-in.

        As debbieleft mentioned, some of the hospitals have low or no-cost clinics also. I'd check with the local ER.

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        by Urtica dioica gracilis on Sat Feb 14, 2009 at 08:50:36 PM PST

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