Where can a person get help if they have no health insurance?

Depending on the age of the patient, there may be alternatives to a fully-insured health insurance plan. Many states still offer basic health insurance coverage for children although funding for these programs is always an issue.   Eligible adults and elderly can qualify (based on financial need) for state-funded medical assistance programs. If your income would not qualify you for these programs, investigate community-sponsored health centers or clinics.  These health centers are often staffed and run by nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students and they offer discounted or free primary care.  Check out the National Nursing Centers Consortium website for a listing of nurse managed health clinics in your area.

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There are public hospitals who receive government funds to help provide care for those who cannot afford to pay for services. To find information, call your local government office and request assistance. 

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