Health care services can be expensive, even with insurance. However, there are options in Kansas City that may help you save money on health care. Kansas City has community-based centers that receive federal funding to provide services for vulnerable populations. These are also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
How Do FQHCs Work?
FQHCs provide some services based on sliding scale fees. If you fall below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, you may receive a discount on some services at FQHCs. Services can include dental care, mental health and substance abuse counseling, transportation, vaccinations and checkups. However, services and fees can vary depending on the FQHC.
Before receiving services from an FQHC, check where you or your household fall within the federal poverty level. This can help you determine your eligibility for services and certain federal and state programs. Federal poverty guidelines change every year. Call an FQHC beforehand to determine which services are available.
The Department of Health & Human Services website allows you to search for FQHCs in your area. Entering 64101 into the website’s search engine brings up six results within the Kansas City metropolitan area. Search results include addresses, phone numbers and sometimes websites for FQHCs.
When you first go to an FQHC, you may be required to meet with a financial counselor. Depending on your situation, counselors may try to enroll you in a Medicaid plan. Bring a copy of your most recent W2 or pay stubs in case you are required to provide proof of income. In addition, bring a photo identification in case it is required.
Excessive medical bills are a leading cause of financial pain for Americans. If you are experiencing wage garnishments or calls from collection agencies from past due medical bills, you may want to explore your options for financial relief. The Kansas City bankruptcy attorneys at The Sader Law Firm can help you discover what options for relief are available.